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1891. Phonograph - Edison Phonograph Works - Accounts (D-91-47)

This folder contains routine financial records of the Edison Phonograph Works. Included are monthly statements, time and payroll sheets, and memoranda of daily shipments and weekly billing statements to the Edison General Electric Co. One summary payroll statement for the week ending April 15, 1891, has been filmed as a sample.

Summary of pay roll for week ending April 15th. 91

Batea a/c §137.98 Machy & Tools 23.67 T. A. Edison 72.77 New Phonograph 47.93 Eur. & Fix. 51.95 General Expense 420.54 Edison Mfg. Co. 5.27 Wax Cylinders 71.85 Phono. L. & M. 21.02 Iron Foundry 70.55 Brass " 51.00 Brossa 10.90

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1891. Phonograph - Foreign - General (D-91-48)

This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to the commercial development of Edison’s phonograph in the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, and Russia. Included are letters about the presentation of the phonograph to various foreign dignitaries. Among the correspondents are Julius H. Block, Edison’s phonograph agent in Russia; Josef Hofmann, the Polish pianist; and Sherburne B. Eaton, Edison’s attorney.

Approximately 70 percent of the documents have been filmed. The following categories of documents have not been filmed: routine requests for phonographs and information about the phonograph; other routine business correspondence.

[FROM GEORGE CHARLES SPENCER CHURCHILL]

interest from working the Phonograph X brought over with me - I think myself that with some modifications it will be quite suitable for business purposes - The cylinders at present' are however too short to contain an ordinary letter, and the Phonogram I am to-day sending you is really quite a short letter, and it would be difficult to condense many of the business communications one has to make into so short a compass; there would therefore be verjMgr^T difficulty and time lost in changing cylinders, and if it would be possible to make these cylinders longer the instrument would be very much more practical. - You are making, I know, a new form of instrument with cylinders of narrower diameter and also longer - I wish you could let me have one of these instrument’s when you have got the patterns finished, as I should greatly like to put one into work here and really see whether it cannot be used habitually for my private dictation purposes

One ought to have a spare stylas and planer with these instruments as in case anything went wrong with the little sapphire heads one would be completely stopped -

The only difficulty in using the instrument that occurs to me is the question of correction - I do not see how this can be easily overcome-

In dictating letters sometimes it is necessary to male corrections', and these of ..course are not practicable in a Phonogram - The instrument 1 Jiavc is a remarkably good one, and in fact speaks so loud ay putting a paper cone on to it the voice can be heard as from a person on the o tner side of the room - 1 am using it haoitualiy for dictating letters to, and my Clerlt takes them off afterwards - TJie planning of tae cylinders is rather a lengthy affair, but this I mean to leave to him to do later - I hope you will be able to let me have one of these new pattern instruments, for another thing is ‘that these^cfii^rs at prn rtrral I fine very brittle; I suppose it is the excessively cold weather wc nave had for over two months,but I dont know, I find they crack sometimes without any reason.

Believe me,

Yours very truly

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[ATTACHMENT]

FROM

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NOTABLY THE ON!

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PL IME NT MY PHOI. ONLY A MODERATE TO SEND ME ONE INSTRUMENT WILL

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M: A R. U. B 0 R. O U! G Hi ,

LENHEIM,

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I >USH YOU A VERY HAPPY HEW YEAR & E'lERY SUCCESS IN ALL : YO UR ENTERPR I sj YOU SPOKE TO ME OF FOR IRON ORE SEPARATION WHICH OUR FRIEND ROBERT MUCH INTERESTED IN. I AM SENDI NG YOU A LONG TYPE WRITTEN LETTER TO. SUP I GRAM AS THE OYDINOERS ARE TOO SHORT TO CONTAIN A LONG LETTER 4 1 HAVE I OUAHTITY OF CYLINDERS WITH MY INSTRUMENT. I AM MOST ANXIOUS TO GET YOU

jf /'our nfv PtTTccw Phonographs to carry oh experiments with as tkes I

BE Fee RCTTCR coo nooprqpoHOA NOE i, IT is THIS purpose pQR WHI0H ThE j

OOOOS, WOODSTOCK

[ATTACHMENT]

Phonograph kill be most extensively used. For dictation t.iere is not so much gained

\ O/'ER SHORT HAND '/.RUING AS THERE ;YILL BE FLEASURE IN HEARING THE VOICES OF OU'R FRIENDS

OVER ONES AFTERBREAKFAST CIGAR INSTEAD OF HAVING TO CURIE THEN. FOR THEIR GAD HaSowRITI OR READ THEIR TYFEWRITEN PRODUCTIONS AS A COLD COMFORT FOR THEIR ABSENCE. IT MAY SlAVE OCCURRED rn VDII THAT mil »'T> nr r-r ,1 nv mt ONLY OF ABSENT FREINDS IN A FUTURE GENERA TION BUT ALSO THAT THE ART. OF WRITING LOVE PHONOGRAMS WILL BECOME ONE OF THE PLEASURES OF YOUTH. 4 .WILL ALMOST ABOLISH THE DISTRESS 0 F TH E SE YO UNG . SO ULS III ANOTHER AGE .AND WHERE -AFTER ■MATRIMONY; IF T HE : A B SE NT - BE T TE R HALF 1S AFT TO CARP 4 GIRO AT HOME-WHY. WE N HOT PUT HER PHO HOGR AMS 0 N . T HE CYLINDER AS WE AFE OBLIGED TO LISTEN. TO HER SHARP TOUMGE HOMILIES WHEN-i/.E A.JE AT HOKE. i’.ITH THESE HOMELY REFLECTIONS I REMAIN YOURS AS ALWAYS

'NCERELY

JmPORT OF JMaCHINERY, jiARDWAT^E &C.

TRADING FIRM

J. BLOCK.

REPRESENTATIVES FOB RUSSIA OF:

Fairbanks & 0°, H. Disston & Sons, Ilf. fi B, Douglas, Eclipse WM Engine IT.

WYCKOFF, SEAMANS & BENEDICT,

COVENTRY MACHINISTS La

(Cycle.)

Joseph Perkins & Sons. nr. Redditch Willem

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fa reason l^aaBwa^ing. k^jr& interesting favor of Astober * 1896, only now, is the tjeslre 00^^ noylng yp u w*th a fetter, after having gathered sufficient intarastt#: material for an Answer.

In devoting my time with the phonograph entirely for mttedie^ records your news re overcoming all difficulties was most stifling 'tp me & 1 ajti now dreaming of the time when it will be my lh*k to see & heat this nSw1 wonder.

I was Also glad & satisfied to learn, that the Effnpebors gift had at last reached you safe & sound-.

And now re the phonograms sent* Should they have turned out ^interes¬ ting I wou Id be but too happy to forward some more, which 1 -have been gathering. Amongst the new ones there is a very interesting vooal one. The chorus of 500 students of the Moscow University have

TRADING FIRM

J. BLOCK.

REPRESENTATIVES FOB RUSSIA OF:

Fairbanks & C°, H, Disston & Sons, W. & B. Douglas, Eclipse Wind Engine G°.

COVENTRY MACHINISTS Ld

(Cycles)

Joseph Perkins & Sons. nr. Redditch

Willcoi 8 Gibbs Sen. liacb. P. Seidel & Naumann,— Diirkopp & Ci.

Jmport of JVIachinery, J^ardwaf^e &c.

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Sl.-^clciabuttj,

Th. A, Edison Esq.

Jlloscow, £t.-petersburg, y/arsaw & Ekalherinburg.

Wc use „A. B. C. Code" 4-th Edition,

7 / 19 Jan 91 189 189

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A'(iL..ur:iLiwC' sung a rU8sifan national song , which I recorded

_ a*;'u‘ _ _ & consider very fair. I had it reproduced to

them through a funnel & their enthusiasm was the moB.t powerful: I ever witnessed. I believe Professor Stolietoff sent you a cable same night & the students intended to send you a similar oable signed by a good number of them. I dont know whether this took place. I had to leave for London & .just returned, so that I had no time to hear thdorfcsults tbfrtheir plane. They did not know how to thank me for acquainting them with your wonderful Invention. Before leaving I had shown It to over 1300 students & now have promised to show it to the rest of them (another 1700). Professor Stolietoff further promis¬ ed me to assist me in my next lecture for the Imperial Teohnloal So¬ ciety. The first leoture turned out suoh a suooes8,that I have been

asked to repeat It & this time it will be a more ooraplete thing. There is one more favor I have to ask of you & this Is the funnel question. I have been frequently asked to go in for ORCHESTRA re¬ cording & have until now held back for the simple reason, that I

TRADING FIRM

J. BLOCK.

REPRESENTATIVES FOR RUSSIA OF:

Fairbanks & C°, H. Disston & Sons, l S B. Douglas, Eclipse Wind Engine C”,

(Pumps) (Wind .Motor*)

WYCKOFF, SEAMANS & BENEDICT,

COVENTRY MACHINISTS C<> L* Joseph Perkins & Sons. nr. Redditch

Jmport of jMachinery, JIard waf^e &c.

- -

J. BLOCK f BLOCK Moscow, pi.-peten .

“^o^o.o, Jan 7/19 91

Willcn ft (libs Siv. lieh. IT. Th. A. EdisorfEsq. . #3.

Seidel & Neumann,— Durkopp &C!.

(K"o,|« v.p„, uKh,0 could not obtain the correct dimensions & shapes

^ f0r ^e best suitable funnel for suoh purposes.

I would feel exceedingly obliged to you if you would send me a rough sketch of suoh a funnel. For piano I was trying the shape of a parabola, but without success, probably due to the rough way it was made. .

My surprise was great when I was told in London, that they do not goln for vooal redords.

I am sorry to' aay I could not learn anything new In London, though I had the pleasure of meeting Col. Qouraud for the first time there. Hi® news was not very hopeful & I oould not learn of any definite moves there. Things seemed to look very muoh like 2 years ago.

Excuse please my long ohat. I did not Intend to take up so muoh of your valuable time.

Hoping some day to be of assistance to you believe me t^be

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TRADING FIRM

J. BLOCK.

REPRESENTATIVES FOB RUSSIA OF:

Fairbanks & 0°, H. Disston & Sons, IN. 8 B. Ooiiglai, Eclipse Wind Engine O’.

COVENTRY MACHINISTS L4 Joseph Perkins & Sons. nr. Redditch

Wlllcoi a Gibbs Set. UacB. IT. Saulel & Nanmann.— Durkopp & 05.

JmPORT OF JVIaCHMERY, jplARDWAF^E &C.

/Address |Tiuty»s

J. BLOCK J BLOCK

Moscow, fsL-pcteraburg, yJarsi

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Tate Esq

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/ J Dear Sir;-

Please accept my thanks for your kind information & enclosures of November 17. I was absent from home for some considerable time & this delayed answering your favor promptly.

In listening this time to some reproductions IN London given by one of the former type of phonographs I was struck with the absenoe of the noise, ususally heard & caused by the reordlng point In r^., cording. I oould not get a satisfactory explanation there & since <*8 the principal objection mentioned by most, oan you not give me the explanation how this has been avoided?? I would^reatly indebted to you if you- oould explain this. I was the more astonished to find this in London, since the same lady toMme, that they do not go in for recording **a vooal performances,)^ being good enough for re¬ production, i was rather astonished to hear this, since I have aohi^- ved some marvellous results in that line.

Thanking you beforehand for any lnfoimation I remain yours trulv^L

EATON & LEWIS

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Thomas A. Edison, Esq., Bear Sir:

I beg to say that Mr. Connery and I have this day gone over his draft of the proposed Agave contract. We find several things which require joint discussion and Mr. Coonnery, his associate, Mr. Clarke, and I propose to visit you at the Labora¬ tory next Wednesday .theT IIth inst. at 2.P.M., to settle the whole matter.

If you find you cannot keep this appointment will you kindly give Mr. Connery and myself at least two days notice, sending Mr. Connery notice at Llewelyn ParK.

Very truly yours,

TRADING FIRM

„J . B L O p-K V ,

Fairbanks & C°, II. Disston &'.S»ns';

i/. S i Douglas, Eclipst Wind figiie v.

WYCKOFF, SEAMANS 8. BENEDICT,

Willcoi a Gibbs Sen. Had IT.

Seidel & Naumann.— Diirkopp & C",

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J importers of jVIachinery, J-Iardware &C. *■ 0V,ji 1

1891

1S9

In reply to your favor of Aiihvortlicli Hires Goelirten 1

Mr. Glushanowski has addressed

you in a matter, which, as far as I know, is unique in its way.

The gentleman besides holding a very important position is wonder-

fihlly able * competent in a various branches of science & art & has given me some very good hints in regard to experiments with your phonograph . This is one of the many instances whore your phonograph would have been put to a practical test in the right way, Mr. G. expressed his willingness to return the apparatus after a certain time; I could not part with the one you gave me, because I still continue to demonstrate sma same * anothervery big lectttre will take place on the 4*b. Prof. Stolietoff has prepared some micro-photographs of some of the sounds .which, with various il-

lustrations of yomr wonderful apparatus will be throw on the screen, during the lecture.

I have some very interesting new phonograms, which, if the last ones gave you any pleasure, I shall gladly forward to jou.

Vory faithfully yours

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/-P/Pi/tV EqUITABLE BUILDING I

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Dear Mr. Edison:

I beg to report, as folloi

Re’ Connery Agave Contract, hurried up and had this document ready e promised to call last Saturday. He did not, but calldd yester¬ day. V/e went over the contract and agreed on all disputed points but one. In due time we shall probably refer that one point to you for decision.

At Mr. Connery's requester him last week Friday.

Re English Phonograph Patents. I explained to Mr. Selin; - man why it is that you cannot execute the assignment which the English lawyers sent over. He then stated that he was satisfied thth something else. I then e xplained to him that the said other thing would not be satisfactory to the English lawyers, and would possibly not give them what they required to bring the suit on.

Mr. S. now wants a full assignment, and the E.U.P.Co. will simul¬ taneously grant a return license to you for dolls &c. That plan does not meet with my approval, not yet at any rate. I must have the English patent law investigated before I can consent to it.

That will cost money. Your contract provides that the E.U.P.Co. shall pay all expenses of this kind. I am not disposed to go ahead until they agree to do it. Out of regard to your interests I shall do my duty by the E.U.P.Co. but it will be ice cold. If

I make it too cold, please give me instructions and they shall bo promptly obeyed.

TfComas A. Edison, Esq,

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Re Connery & Clarke Agave Contract. Please find enclosed three like copies of this instrument. Execute all three, and have the date filled in at the top of the first page and on the back, then hand them to Mr. Connery when he calls, and let him add his own signature and get that of Mr. Clarke, to the three copies. Ask him to then leave one copy with Mr. Clarke, keep one copy himself, and hand me the third copy. The copy which

lie hands me I shall in due time give to you, after making an office copy for my files. By pursuing the above course each one of the three parties to the agreement will have a copy duly executed by all three parties.

Hoping the above will be satisfactory, I remain,

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1891. Phonograph - Foreign - Edison United Phonograph Company (D-91-49)

This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to the business of the Edison United Phonograph Co. Included are documents about the assignment of Edison’s English phonograph patents to the company and items about the technical development of the nickel-in-the-slot phonograph. There are also letters about the presentation of a phonograph to the president of Chile. Among the correspondents are G.N. Morison, secretaiy of the company; Jesse Seligman, a New York investment banker who helped organize the company; and Sherburne B. Eaton, Edison’s attorney.

Approximately 50 percent of the documents have been filmed. Most of the unselected items are meeting announcements and letters of transmittal and acknowledgement. Also not filmed are several untranslated French-language letters addressed to Stephen F. Moriarty, a few routine business letters, and duplicate copies of selected items.

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Thoms Edison, Esq., Dear Sir:

fevnrnf +>,a ^nd the E.U.P.Co. Referring to your valud

favorof the 20th mst.., I -beg to say that there is only one clause in the contract of March jl, 1890, between you, Gouraud and the E.U.P.co. whereby any money is payable to Gouraud as matters now stand. That clause is the third section of the said tripartite agreement, and provides that within eleven months from March II. 1890, the Board of Directors of <-he E.U.P.Bo. shall determine what compensation, if any, shall be paid to you and Gouraud, or either, for the assignment made in the said agreement of all of J°ur ^1S riehts, profits, percentages and royalties relating to Phonographs. The fourth section of the said agreement provides that whatever compensation is awarded to either you or Gouraud shall be ivided equally between you, after deducting the expenses incurred by Gouraud in taking out and maintaining patents, the same in any event not to exceed §25,000. B 1

to the matter, E.U.P.Co. may b

I mention the above merely to call your attention thinking that possibly a meeting of theBoard of the e called to take action on it.

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/7 X have this day written the E.U.P.Bo. about the en¬

closed „.mat, ter, but i asmuch as they are pretty slippery people X think^it would be well for Mr. Edison also to write to them as suggested at the end of the enclosed letter reque- ting them to noti f y me ,

Please send back the enclosed letter for my files and

oblige,

Very truly yours,

S.B. Eaton, p A.G.M.

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Re Compensation to Gouraud for 805 Phonographs. I beg to report as follows on this matter;

(1) One of the agreements of March II, 1890, between you^Gouraud^and the Edison United Phonograph Companyj pro¬ vided that the Board of the E.U.P.Co. must determine v/i thin eleven months ( if at all) whether any compensation should be paid to you and Gouraud on account of these phonographs. The Executive Commit¬ tee met today and pursuant to your request I was present to look aft a* your interests, owing to Mr, Insull's abse nee. It was dis¬ covered that no quorum of the Board could possibly be obtained

by the Ilth inst., when the s aid eleven months expire. With the usual neglect of business, the officers of the Company had not taken this matter up early enough.

(2) The talk which took place at the meeting today showed that every member of the Committee was opposed to paying anything. It was the general belief that you did not in¬ sist on anything yourself, and that your o wn view:, was that both you and Gouraud should waive all claim. Mr. Moriarty who was present stated that he was convinced from recent correspondence with Gouraud that the latter would be satisfied to adopt your view. Inasmuch as the contract provides that the matter should be left to the Board, and as a quorum of the Board is not possible by the Ilth inst., and afilall the members of the Committee were of opinion

(in which I did not concur) that inaction, that is to say doing nothing, was a sufficient performance of the obligation of the Com¬ pany and would give the same result as would be given bya formal action of the Board to the effect that nothing whatever should be paid to you and Gouraud;- the Committee adjourned without doing anything and without putting anything on record.

(3) Colonel Gouraud sailed today for N ew York iioriar ty says he is ccsning on account of family matters. In view

of the informal disposition of this matter,, as above- stated, he may probably revive a consideration- of the subject when he reaches here. But of course you do not care whether he does or not, for it is distinctly understood/ and I impressed i t on all hands today, th.t you were to have one half of whatever is allowed to Gouraud( after patent expenses) if anything, anrl that the money is to be paid directly by the Company to you instead of the entire amount being paid to Gouraud with the expectation that he would hand one half of it to you. They understand that you are to get one-half and thfc the Company is under apersonal obligation to hand it to you direct¬ ly.

(4) The forego i ng contract further pe-cite's: the fact that Gouraud had collected money from agents under six certain agency contract, and provides that as regards five of thorn (excluding Brazil) the said money should be paid "immediately"

by him to the E.U.P.Co. That was eleven months ago? At the me et- ing today I xxb asked whether this had been done. They sent for Secretary Morison, and President Cochrane was also present. It turned out that no demand had ever been made on Gouraud for this money, although eleven months had passed, and that he had never paid any of it. I promptly characterized this slack way of doing business as tipical of the way all the business had been carried on by the. present officers. They were disposed to resent this but the facts were against them. I further stated that Mr Jnsull had with equal justice made similar complaints before.

(5) One of the foregoing six agency contracts related to Brazil, and the fbregoing agreement recites that Gouraud had received five hundred pounds from the Brazil agent. He always claimed that for certain peculiar reasons he ought to be entitled to keep this money in hi6 own pocket, while I always maintained thfc. if he did so, you ought to have your own share of it. Under the foregoing agreement these two questions are loft to the arbitra¬ tion of the Board of Directors of the E.U.P.Co., viz: whether Gour¬ aud shall retain this Brazil money or shall turn it over to the Company as he has obliged himself to do touching the other five agencies, and whether, in case the Board decide that he may re¬ tain it he shall pay a part of it to you, and how much. There being no quorum of the Board present today(in fact it was a meeting of the Executive Committee and not of the Board ) this matter was not acted on. But we must not forget it. I shall send a copy

of this letter to Mr. Insull in order that he may bear this point in mind.

(6) President Cochrane interviewed me at the end of the meeting about Eaton & Levis' bill of March 27, XS90. It

is nearly eleven months since this bill was presented. The Company has never even acknowledged the bill. I told Mr. Cochrane that the officers of the Company ought all to be discharged for not aft ending to business. I stated that in addition to the complaints which Mr. Insull had heretofore made here were two other iruatters, viz: this bill and the above matters relating to monies payable by Gouraud, to the Company r.vhi ch had not even been asked for by the latter. Mr. Cochran finally stated that he would talk our bill over with Mr. Seligmann and that I should hear from him.

(7) To sum up, the question of paying you and

Oouraud anything on account of the 805 phonographs is practically ended. But the question of yourgetting some part of the five hun dred pounds of Brazil money is still to be acted upon. The time

limit of eleven months does not apply to the Brazil matter. Mr. Insull will no doubt bring that question up at a Board meeting after his return.

Hoping the above wil be satisfactory, I remain,

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I take this opportunity of congratulating you upon the success of the new phonograph. While im¬ provements will, no doubt, be made frm time to time, still I think the present machine is such that it can be recommend¬ ed and will be used largely for commercial purposes.

I would thank you to name some day when you could come here to meet some of the Directors, in order to talk over matters in reference to the future. In doing so, I wish you would make the appointment a few days ahead, so as to have our Philadelphia friends with us.

I have stronger hopes than ever of our future suc¬ cess, and it should be the aim of all of us to work in per¬ fect harmony, to bring about which I shall do everything with¬ in my power.

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every agreement relating to the look over my n the margin.

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to the Seligmans' Friday night, I hope favor of my firmls bill, if you get a suppose the talk will hardly extend to

Very truly yours,

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We send you by Express this day 31 copies of petitions cmd specifications and 29 copies of drawings used by your American patent attorneys for United States patents on inventions made by you. lVe send you these in order that you may inform us at once upon which of the said inventions you think it advisable for us to take out European patents*

Of course , patenting in Europe is exceedingly expensive and we do not desire to go to expense upon any of the inventions which you do not consider of importance *

Kindly lot us have your answer with all possible speed as your American attorneys are desirous of taking out the United States patents at once and the same must be done simultaneously with the taking out of patents in many European countries*

Please return us the copies petitions , specifica¬ tions and drawings* They are petitions, specifications

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William E. Curtis Esq Bureau of the American Republics Department of state Washington, U. S. A.

Dear Sir:-

Your favor of May 1st has been kindly referred to US by Mr. Edison, and in reply we control the disposal and rights