[X154A8CX], Letter from Edward Hibberd Johnson to Uriah Hunt Painter, October 30th, 1889


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[X154A8CX], Letter from Edward Hibberd Johnson to Uriah Hunt Painter, October 30th, 1889

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[SERM letterhead] Your favor to hand and in reply I can only say that of course you can do as you please with your own relations to Edison or any one else--with that I have nothingn to do. But I have [illeg] my own & have not parted with the right to exercise my own force [illeg] in that respect. You won't tell me If I elect to do so I must have a present settlement with you so [you?] can [pursue?] youw own [illeg] This is precisely what I have wanted for some time to get-- You [illeg]to say what reward [illeg] take & c. Now this is not right or fair-- One what can I hlose any collection of what I ought to have? You know perfectly well that for 10 years I have put myself absolutely in your hands. I neither know what amt of mony you have advanced me in the olden days--nor what amount of stock I own in the Old Phonograph Co-- You know both with exactness Nor do I know your mind as to what extent if at all you intend to apply [your off to compensate?] for any sacrifice you might make by virtue of heeding my urgent request for an amicable adjustment with Edison. You do know it= Yet you ask me to interpret it for you. It is simply asking me to name a sum in the dark which you will find a convenient ground for criticizing me upon no matter what amount I might name. I will not do it. I have [made?] looses enough over this Phono business and will make one more if need be but it will not be of friendship nor will I further jeopardize my relations with Bergmann My final decision in this matter is reached. I have today put into the hands of Mr. McClement my stocks & other securities with full power & authority to sell & pay into the hands of Bergmann within the next 10 days $70,000. I could have done this earlier to better advantage than I can today but was persuaded out of it by Bergmann that persuasion is no longer being made nor is it right that it should be."




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