[X154A7DL], Letter from Uriah Hunt Painter to Josiah Custer Reiff, August 19th, 1888


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[X154A7DL], Letter from Uriah Hunt Painter to Josiah Custer Reiff, August 19th, 1888

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Lippincott who runs the North American Phono Co has been crowding Edison to stand in & help get the old Phono Co out of the way, that he supposed he had it provided for when he made the deal with him, but that my getting Hubbards stock had upset all his plans. Edison refuses to do anything, says he cares nothing about it &c.#I have been pressed to go to L's office in NY & see him. I have declined! Have replied that I shall at the proper time come down on, & shut up the whole outfit of infringers unless they very soon take proper steps to secure a license from us--That I shall soon put Phonos on the market, that will [-----] the trade pending any litigation. I have finely been asked if I would see "Mr. L" if he came to the Beach, & I replied that I would-- He will be here the last of the week--##I don’t propose to let down by going after them r to induce any uneasiness-- There is to be $125,000 paid Edison on first of the month & I do propose "to fold my arms" that long anyhow.##They have sold the right for NY City for $100,000 cash & one fourth of the captical sotck of the Co (if a million) to be held for them in trust for four years-- They are going ahead, & putting up & getting money & contracts out & bye & bye they will be ripe. Cheever & his crowd have made some deal exactly what I do not know--##Bergamann is completing his machine which he is confident will net the Co $100,000.##I have a good party at work in Phila on another plan& EHJ has yet to be heard from on his patent we are to buy for 50m$##We are masters of the situation if ew don’t go off half cocked--




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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
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