[X154A8DM], Letter from Uriah Hunt Painter to Josiah Custer Reiff, December 15th, 1889


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[X154A8DM], Letter from Uriah Hunt Painter to Josiah Custer Reiff, December 15th, 1889

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My Dear Col: Yours of 12,14 received today.##I cannot conceive what has set such silly ideas into your head. There is nothing in the shape of any service that you can ask for yourself or for the house that will not be responded to as cheerfully and promply as it always has been.##I have been in N.Y. very little for the last three years because there was nothing to be gained by being there; the market has been such tha the more direct and reliable information you got the more certain you were to lose money for your self and friends, or both.##There isno necessity for referring any differences of opinion between you and I in reference to the surrendere of that stock to any third party. It is not debatable. I think I am in a position to force the carrying out of the contract as amended as I have paid the price for the amendment. The conduct of Mr. Lippincott in failing to carry out the agreement is rather annyoing andhas very much emabrrassed me but a matter of which you know nothing, but sooner or later I wil bring him up to the scratch.##I have never said anything about it, and would rather suffer a very haeavy loss which this thing will entail, then to injure you with the firm by making any complaint.##On April 30, 1878 Edison took out a patent No. 205,016 introducing lamp black carbon into the circuit of the telephone. The Bell telephone people are keeping back a Broad patent on carbon, over the mock interfernce with Berliner with the idea of having it issued at a period that will enable them to perpetuate the monopoly when the original Bell Patent expires.##As you understand it, does not this Edison Patent when it exprires in about three years throw open the carbon at least as far as lamp-black is concerned?




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