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(1887-1898)

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1889. Phonograph - North American Phonograph Company - General (D-89-62)

This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to the business of the North American Phonograph Co. Included are documents concerning stock transactions, the relationship of the company to the Edison Phonograph Works and subsidiary phonograph companies, and the advertising and distribution of phonographs and cylinder recordings. Among the correspondents are Jesse H. Lippincott, president of the company, and Thomas R. Lombard, vice president.

Approximately 50 percent of the documents have been filmed. The following categories of documents have not been filmed: letters of transmittal and other routine business correspondence; duplicate copies of selected documents; documents that duplicate information in selected material.

Office of Jesse H, Lippincott,

Sole Licensee of The American Graphophone Co.

160-164 Broadway, New York,

Jamiary, 16, 1889.

Referring to the enclosed circulars respecting the Phonograph and Phonograph-Graphophone, and the North American Phonograph Company, in which, as the Parent Company,” are concentrated all the patent rights for the lease or sale of these instruments and their accessories, I hereby offer for sale 5,000 full-paid Shares, of $100 each, of the North American Phonograph Company, at the price of $75 per Share.

I have deposited these Shares with the Transfer Agents of the Company, Messrs. Winslow, Lanier & Co., 17 Nassau Street, New York, and have authorized them until January 26th, 1889, to receive payment therefor on my account, in the order of application, when accompanied by a deposit of $10 per Share, and to deliver the Shares so subscribed for upon payment of the remaining $65 per Share, on or before February 5th, 1889,

If any further particulars are desired, application should be made to the undersigned,

JESSE H. Lippincott.

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p. o. BOX 2602. . . ..i(!aE.eh,....6.th., _

James B.Metcalf ,Esq. ,

Nev/ York City.

Dear Siri--

We are assured from the gentlemen in charge of the Phonog¬ raph and Graphophone factories respectively jthat the regular shipment of machines will commence by the first of next week at the latest. It is to be hoped that tlieir expectations may be released and I beg to assure you that everything possible is being done at this office to expedite the delivery of machines. I remain sir,

Yours

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. May....22nd..., . 9,

Thomas A. Edison, Esq. ,

OrangSjN. J,

Dear Sir:-

I am very much obliged for the selection -of musical cylinders you so kindly sent me the other day. They are very fine indeed and you have my sincere thanks for your kind remembrance.

Yours very truly.

' Office OF"

^ftijEliSTH j^MERICAN PHONOGRAPH COMPANY, ' '■

MP JESSE H. LIPPINCOTT, SOLE LICENSEE OF THE

AMERICAN GRAPHOPHONE COMPANY,

160, 162 & 164 BROADWAY,

No. 1. NEW York, May 28th, 1889.

PRICE LIST OF SUPPLIES Phonograph f. o. b. Edison Phonograph Works, Orange, N. J.

Cost

Sub°Co.

Se„,„,P^ce the Public.

Phonogram Blanks (each), in bbls. of 150,

$0.11

$0.15

Musical Phonograms, in^^^mes of 6 and 12

(ASSORTED), EACH,

.45

7^c>o

Battery, Complete, with Cord, -

5.50

1.2b

; ' Cord Alone, -

; Chromic Acid, in Original Packages of about

.95

1.20

200 LBS. - : - - - '

.23

.30

1 Packed in Jars, about 30 or 60 lbs. - -

.27

.34

r Zincs for Edison Battery, - -

.24

.30

phonograph-graphophone supplies j F.O.B. manufactory AMERICAN GRAPHOPHONE CO., BRIDGEPORT, conn.

6 IN, cylinders per BOX (15 IN EACH), -

$0.45

20 jc

/

$0.45

" SUB COMPANIES WILL BE ALLOWED TO ADD THE COST OF FREIGHT T

'■ AT WHICH THEY ARE TO SELL TO THE PUBLIC IF THEY SO DESIRE.

0 THE PRICES

. THIS LIST IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AFTER DDE NOTICE. |

Company to ask your official anavrer to this question.

Is there any liability, and, if so, to what amount, by our Sub Company to the Parent Company for machines either lost or destroyed, either by fire, or theft, or accident?

Supposing, for example, a customer removes to Canada, or to Calcutta, and takes the instrument with him and we never again get trawe of either customer or instrument, what do you claim from iis in the premises?

j^Supposing, again, that by accident a machine is utterly destroyed, as for example, by a fall upon it^of plaster from the ceiling, or a fall upon it of some other hea^^ subsfance totally destructive and wholly unpreventable , v/hat is our liability to you in the premises.^

3N & LEWIS

.yl:^ii> Jime S5t.iiji«aOf '

A. 0. Tate, Esq.,

Eear Sir;

to your esteemed i'avor^of ^^”213? insf^* Replying

.v/hich are now being made, and which vnii*aQ the paymgits

Of the indebtedness Sf tAe Ta/K Co" ?o t^if ® are made by means of Mr iiTmincni + ° Mison Phono. Works,

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S“S=£™~“s~^^

Awaiting your fiirther favors, I remain.

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^MBF^IGAN (aP^APHOPHONB @0., '^^«7e4°oHN."‘'‘'' '®°’ '®2 & 164 Broadway,

BOX 2602. _ JlJTIft R7. _ y/gfi

L. Xaylor, Esq«, Xreas«,

257 Fifth Ave., City,

Dear Sir:-

In reply to your favor of the 23rd, we bejs leave to say that by reference to the 5th clause of your license you ^vill see that the questions as to the destruction of na chines by fire or other accident beyond your . control are answered.

As to the question b;f‘tKeft7"we'-e that the local oon>- panies vfill thorou^ly satisfy themselves as to the responsibility of the people ivith whom they intend to do business before the de“ livery of nachines, and that they will not make leases with parties who woiad be liable to run away vrith our property. Should a theft of a machine occur, the chances of Tdiioh are, to think, extremely remote, we vrould expect the local ccnpany to reimburse us to the extent of the cost of the machine'.

Very truly jours.

' Office of ■■

•’ North American Phonograph 'Company ,

160 - 164 Broadway,

New York, July 1, 1889,

Dear Mr. ‘Edison,

In reply to your favor of the S9th in regard to sending phonographs to Canada, I beg leave to inform you that I have declined this request. ',' AA. we are not perfectly sure of the gro'und over there, we thought it was better to da that than to take any risk.

Very trtily yours.

Xo

Xhomas A. ^ison. Esq.

THE NORTH AMERICAN PHONOGRAPH COMPANY,

MD JESSE H, LIPPINCOTT, SOLE LICENSEE OF THE

AMERICAN GRAPHOPHONE COMPANY,

160, 162 & 164 BROADWAY,

No. 2. ' NEW YORK, JULY 1ST, 1889,

PRICE LIST OF SUPPLIES.

Phonogram Box for 12 blanks, with Drawer and Two Locks, each, $2.25

Inspector's Case, complete, - - - - . ... 2.50

RuBBEk Stamp FOR Phonograph, WITH ..Pad, - . . ,22

Rubber Stamp for phonograph-Graphophone, with Pad, - . .22

Tin Horn, 14" - ...... . 50

Nickel-Plated Horn, 12" . 1,40

Mailing Box for Phonograph-Graphophone

Cylinders, 6", per 100, 3.75 4”, 3.00

2", 2.25

PUMPELLY STORAGE BATTERY, F. 0, B„ AT PLYMOUTH, INDIANA, AS FOLLOWS:

TYPE. ampere hours. WEIGHT.

23 P. 240 32 Lbs.

U?,P. 190 27 Lbs.

"19 P.C. ^ 150 22 Lbs.

THIS LIST IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AFTER DUE NOTICE.

PRICE TO CO'S. $11.50

'10.50

9.50

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TELEPHONE CALL, 180, 162 & IB 4- Broadway,

The Now Jersey Phonograph Co.,

758 Broad St.,

Newark N.J.

fientlanen:-

Prom the orders that we have received from the various oonpanieSjWe find it is necessary to call the attention of each company to the fact that the supplies for the, machines are packed as follows:-

Graphophone Cylinders, 15 in a box, 30 boxes in a orate. The d and 8" cylinders are packed in- boxes of 15 each, that is to say flftedn 4" and fifteen 8" with a mandrel to use with same, which will be found in one of the corner cylinders of each box. These like the rest are packed in crates of 80 boxes each.

Phonogram blanks are packed in barrels of 150 each. Whenever they are ordered in less quantity them that, we will have to charge you for the packing and boxing, the same as we are charged by the Edison Phonograph Works.

In ordering batteries you should distinctly . say what is wanted whether it is the Edison, Mo. 1,100 hour battery, or the old style Edison bi-cromate battery, or Pumpelly Storage Battery, then there will be no confusion and wo will be able to fill your orders in¬ telligently.

In ordering horns and other things, pi ease refer to our price list for terms and styles, so that we will -understand what you wqit. Vie sometimes get confused by parties ordering 30 inch horns when they mean 36, or 18 inch horns when they mean 14.

, A little care in this ordering business and by being careful ■to make out your orders on a separate^^ sheet of paper and not embody them in your letters, will very much^^'^cilitate our getting your goods sent to you quickly and you getting what you want.

Yours very truly,

THE NORTH AMERICAN PHONOGRAPH COMPANY.

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AND ^BSSB Y). lilPPINGOiPW, SOLB liIGBNSBB OP IPHE

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TELEPHONE CALL,

16 0, 162 & 164 Broadway,

..Auguat....Ia.t,...., -

The New Jersey Phonograph Co.,

738 Broad Street,

Newark N.J.

Gentlemen:-

We would suggest for your consideration the advisabil¬ ity of making an effort to introduce into all the business schools and colleges, the Phonograph and Phonograph- Graphophone for the purpose of giving instruction to the students.

It would facilitate the introduction of these machines if typewriters were generally instructed in the care and management of them.

Rome of our. Sub-Companies have already taken steps in that direction, and are meeting great success, and in one city in the West the machine has been introduced in the college where heretofore shorthand was taught. The Principal of the college stating that it was unnecessary to teach shorthand any longer with these mach¬ ines coming into, competition.

We do not think there could be any step taken that vrould be more important to the introduction of the machines, than to have the typewriters educated to use it, as business men would be more apt to rent machines, if they found that expert typewiters were familiar with its use.

Yours very truly.

THE NORK

lAPH COMPANY

“lon^ bistance felephone 73S'.'

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PHONOGRUPH.GHAPHOPHOME.

I Jesse H. Llpplncott, Bsq.,

President, North American Phonograph Co. .

i Mr dear Sir;-

I have been, as Ohainnan of the Executive Committee of the Metropolitan Phonograph Company, requested by its Board of Directors to formally present to your Company the claim for j damages sustained by our Company owing to the non-delivery by your Company, as agreed, of both Phonographs and Phonograph- Graphophones-whioh claim has frequently during the past six months been verbally called to your official notice in inter- ■i views with officers of our Company, and with the outlines of |; which you are familiar.

ij Without entering now into a detailed statement of all

our grievances,^ I would beg to call your attention to a few l, facts relating to the expenses of our Company since the first ]: Of January last, and the circumstances under which the greater ;i part of them were incurred. t ropi y t

. undoratond have boon-your oritialpms of what you have boon

ii pleased recently to term our feYtravagant managamentl.

:i When, in December last, the question of renting #257

Fifth Avenue for the offices and salesrooms of, our Company, was

expensive offices in the last week of December, we organized our working force on the basis of orders which we then had on our books, or were promised us as soon as we vfould be ready to fill them, and for vrtiich your Ocanpany had given us reason to expect we would be able to furnish the machines within two weeks. In the face of other promises of your Company, from week to week, almost from day to day, as can easily be proved, when these first were Tonfdlfilled, we did not dare for a long time to reduce our working^’force, as, had the machines been at any of those times delivered , our employees' would all have been fully occupied. As the, months went by however, arid ho machines worth mentioning were delivered us, our subscribers became suspicious that the inven¬ tions were not yet perfected-rumors of injunctions and interfer-

enoes prevailed, and finally, becOTing disgusted vrith our delay, many of them withdrew their names and others refused to receive

the machines when eventually tendered them, seme giving the reasons stated above, others the near approach of the diill summer months, others their unwillingness to sign the extraordinary lease which your Company has seen fit to prescribe, and others frankly stating that as the novelty of the inventionthad worn off they did not care for it.

In other words, the "Boom" for which, in JanuaDy, the Public were prepared, and in which they were then anxious to ^

participate, had spent itself, and when your Company, four or i five months after, were ready to deliver us machines, such as I they were, in any considerable (XfMBiicawaWlaace quantiti'es , the reaction had set in, and we were left to suffer from it.

In the meantime, with the aid of our offices, our exhibi-i tions, our expenditures, and our endeavors to push the enterprise,! your Company has succeeded in profitably placing the stock of j numberless Local Companies all over the Unites States-whilo we, j for the reasons above given, have been unable, up to this time, j to place more than 200 machines in our own district, although we have advertised, employed canvassers, and used every known means to add to our subscription list.

Coming to realize the situation, our Executive Committee has within the past few months out do^m our expenses to a minimum; we have rented^thlrd floor of our building, we have placed our second floor in the market for a tenant, we have discharged our

Superintendent, and have reduced our pay roll over 50;?, but even ^ now our expenses are far in excess of our income, and seem likely to be for some time to come. Our working Capital of $50,000., |

which seemed so ample when we commenced operations, and would ! have been had our expectations as to receiving machines, been i

realized-has been seriously impaired, and only the strictest ;

economy will enable us to tide over these unfortunate conditions,!

As a result, the price of our stock has become merely nominal; it has been offered in the open market at $25, per share, and when, two weeks ago, 100 shares were put in the Auction Room for sale, no bid whatever could be obtained, and it had to be withdrawn; on the other hand your Company has declared a dividend of 3X, and its stowk is quoted at 75, It is not to be denied that your Company has, as above stated, vastly benefited by the expenditures of ours, and that our Company throu^ the failure of yours to meet what we claim to have been its obligations, has j suffered-and is to day suffering-heavy losses. It would seem, I so identified are the interests of the two Companies, and so | interested is yours in the sucdess of ours, that under all these i circumstances you should not-even from a selfish standpoint- | throw yourself upon techinically "legal ri^ts", if any exist , !

but should consider our claim more in the lij^t of justice and equity, I

we

It is 6n this basis that we prefer ’legal rights" in the premises? You

to meet you-but have j will perhaps say thatj

specific time is mentioned in

within which the

your Company, or your ropresontatives fixed a period or periods i within which our Company might expect or should receive the |

deliveries that "reasonable time" within the established rules |

of law became a definite one and you were both in law and equity j

I

bound to deliver or make good the injury a«tl failure oast upon | us. We claim that time to have been, beyond all question, I

not later than the 10th of January last, although many more in- | definite promises were made by your f'epreaentativos, which should' have boon fulfilled much prior to that date, even. so far back as ' in October.

I am avfare of the concession your Company has offered | in regard to not demanding rentals of any machines prior to the j

I

first of month, no matter when*delivered, but, grateful as j

our Company is for any consideration, I believe that, when re- i duoed to a business basis, this offer will appear not to exceed $500. , and cannot therefore be accepted as in full satisfaction of our claim.

Our Executive Committee has most carefully and conscien¬ tiously made an estimate of what damages, under all the circum-

cu

stances, our Company can equitably and justly, swfli^we think also legally^ claim against yours, and place the sum at not less than $10,000,, in which estimate the Committee is sustained by the

full Board of Directors.

It is to lay this claim before you that I write, and I j ask for it your dispassionate consideration, and that of your Company,

Frankly, we believe that it could be sustained at law, but we tnist that there never may be occasionnin this, or in any other matter, for either of our Oranpanies to force the other j into Court for ti^ determination of their respective rights; we j rauSi-^^er to4eideve that the justice of our claim will receive! your, ready recognition, and that, this matter being amicably j

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,ZdibrVs^>of<'!; the^^.wo Companies may work together for their mutualj

'' ''fip ^ ,/<'> . i

.prosperity ^d advancement. , .

'Z '/j 'p (I . ' ' , '

^ >! ' Wltff sincere respect, ^

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AND gIbSSB F). IIIPPINGOIPIP, SOLB LfIGBNSBB OH IPHB

flMBF^IGAN Gf^APHOPHONB (so.,

16 0, 162 & 164 Broadway,

O^Mti .

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TELEPHONE CALL, ' “794 JOHN."

P. O. BOX 2692.

James B, Metcalf, Esq,,

Ch, Ex,' Com, Met, Phono, Co.,

257 Fifth Ave, , city.

Dear Sir:-

Your favor of. the 1st was duly received and has had our carem consideration. In reply thereto,- we beg leave to take exceptions td some of the statements made. The writer may have and probably did o:q)ress himself favorably in regard to your action in leasing the premises now occupied by your company, but as to expressing myself as you put it "strongly", that he has no recol¬ lection of doing* -I doubt very much whether I knew that you in¬ tended to occupy No, 257, Fifth Avenue, until the matter was pretty well settled in your own minds,. I thought it was a good move; if I was- mistaken, it was simply an error of judgment that had been endorsed by your directors or executive committee, when lease. It was my understanding tint in addition to your uptown quarters, you intended to have an office in this vicinity, right among the business houses, and it was in this connect ion that 1 expressed myself in favor of the uptown premises, but had the question been aubmitt ed to me, as to the advisability of your taking an uptown or a downtown -office, 1 cer¬ tainly should have advised the latter,

You say "As we did not then and have not even yet ob¬ tained rachines of the quality and in the quantity promised", in an^er to this, we beg leave to say that you obtained machines just^as promptly as wo received them. That, if promises were made you that were riot fulfilled, they were based on promises made to us, which, the time, we had every reason to expect wovBd be carried out. In regard to the quality of the instruments, we beg leave to call your attention to the following clause irora-the 13th .'Yhe instruments delivered by the party under this agreement shall at all times possess all the improvements thereon, which at the time of such delivery, or prior thereto* have been adopted by the party of the first part»

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The deliveries we hav3 made we claim have been strictly in compli¬ ance with the above.'

' You state "Vfith the aid of our offices, our exhibitions, our e:q3enditures and our endeavors to push the enterprise, your - company has succeeded in profitably plaoinff the stock of numberless local companies all over the United States". So far as this con^any is concerned, it has tjadl nothing whatever to do with placing the stock of local companies. It sold its territory in many oases to parties who did not visit New York, and who, prior to their purchasea-, had never been in the rooms of the Metropolitan Phonograph Company.

Your inability to place more machines, we think has been owing somewhat to your business methods. So far as we know, your advertisements were inserted in journals that only reached - the very best class of people. Men who were perfectly able to pay for proficient stenographers. Our experience has been that the people who are the most enthusiastic about these machines and who take hold of them most readily are not those that read journals like the Evening Post, but are business men of the medium class who are in a great majority in this country, and flho have never had the advantage of a proficient stenographer. In your employ¬ ment of canvassers we have understood that the price you offered for securing customers was -so inadequate that you could not ob¬ tain proper representatives.

You state that you cannot accept our waiving of rentals prior to July 1st as in full satisfaction of your olaimt- We beg leave to inform you that in relinquishing our right to rentals prior to the date stated above, we made it uniform with all of the sub- companies and that we did not anticipate you woiad give us credit for- it on accoiint of v/hat you supposed to' be a claim against us.

As to the legal points referred to, not having had a con¬ sultation with our attorney, who is now in Europe, we prefer not to discuss them, and \vill close by saying that we -do not consider that you have a-olaim on us for $10,000. or for any other sum.

Very truly yours.

Office of

The North American Phonograph Company, 160-164 Broadway,

New York, August 5, 1889,

■The Jdison Phonograph Works,

Orange, N. J,

Gentlomen:-

In reply to your favor of the first, we expect you to credit our account with the old. batt eries as they are returned. They were, as you know, inefficient ,( see your circular letter to the various phonogrtjjh companies) and for that reason they are use¬ less to us and to our Lessees,

Office of

The North American PhonogrEph Company, 160-104 Broadway,

New York, S^t. 19, 1889.

Chas. Batchelor, Esq. ,

"Edison Phonograph Works," Orange,. N. J.

Dear Sir;-

You would confer a great favor upon me if you would take up the matter of a new price on the Edison hundred hour bat¬ tery and supplies for same. We are being very severely criticised by our sub-companies on account of the prices charged for parts of the battery. Eor instance, a jar at 40 cents that some of them claim they can buy at home at from 15 to 18 cents. The difference between the two prices is such that it occasions dissatisfaction and leaves them tinder the impression that our entire business all through is conducted on the same scale and that we are tiaking- a hundred per cent, profit in the articles tint we sell to them.

Very truly yours,

[FROM CHARLES BATCHELOR?]

Jasoe H, Tiippinoott, Kaq.,

North Amerioan Phonocrc^'h Oompa?ii% #lfiO Broafl'way, New Yorh nity#

Dear Sir:-

Answering yoitr Lett or of t,o-dajc on tVio *3attoi'y queo- tJon, wiwld sqj' tS'at vre have been rtiaking these batteriea in snail qv-iantities just an the Ndiaon Phonocrsrh V/orks calLefl for them.

If in future yoiu nan (-jive us orders for larger qtiantitiea, so that we oan deijond on about forty per day- or so, and assure us of pwnpt pai'mQit of our bills, we ean nalce yon better prices. iVe have de¬ cided. that it is better to md-.e the zinc run out at the sfwie tteo as the co'l^per plate, so that it v.'ill be about one-third the prio'o and. 300 hoxirs instead of 000,

Tlie price that we cai {jive you now is as follows:

Pattcry co'inpl et.e, ready for worklnt' §13. 3.^

" , with the exception of the

oxide plates, zincs and soda

Price of extra oxide plates, each

j^incs, , each

II Glass .Tars, each

7. AS »39 •3li,

J. H.

Prioo of .%tra PorofSLtiin OovorB, saoh S:3

* » Sodas, por s-tlok l.o

'Vo can allow yoii a discoimt. of 15^ and off these prioeo, and we will iifjree to deliver them to the Kdi son Phonograph 'Vorhs, In Orange, free of ohai’ge, hilt not boxed Ihr ^ipmont.

Vie oan offer yon four oents per lb. for all scrap zinos; that are worn out, and for all used coiiper plates, ten oents per lb., both delivered at our Factory.

The T!di son I tanufnc taring Oompaiy has spent a great d'(sil of mo'noy to perfect this batterj', and has to iiay a la:-go royalty for the use of other patents. Tho royalty cannot, of course, be cypr- ged on those parts of the battery that will be constantly renewed; therefore it follows that we must ask y ax to give us a guarenteo that yax or yaxr Oomi'anies Trill only xxse th'arrx for phonogrijih pur- po ses, and that no extras will be boxight except to replenish bat¬ teries Iji xxscs.

Thomas A. Edison, Esq,,

Orango , N. J.

Dear Sir:-

Kindly note the enclosed copy of letter from the Colo¬ rado & Utah Phonograph Company, under date of July 22nd, to which our attention v/as dravm by balance of enclosures herewith, for¬ warded to us yesterday by the Phonograph Works!

Yours very trtily.

[ENCLOSURE]

COLORADO & UTAH PHONOGRAPH COI/^Al'lY.

Denver, Colo., July 22, 1889,

North American Phonofp'aph Co.,

160 Broadway, N. Y.

Gentlemen

Vfc are about disoouraffed in regal'd to "Batteries."

We received two of the How No. 1 batteries by express at a cost of §26.00 express charfro s hoping to get a battery that would do the work as represented.

V/e set up the first one following the printed instruc¬ tions, minutely and find as follows:-

It v/as full 48 hours after setting up before we could turn motor.

We short circuited about ten minutes. The Voltage we were unable to get , but it is evidently very low as it will run motor only to reproduce .

There seems to be a great range current strength in jars probably owing to the depolarizing material. On close circuit one jar registers 10 amperes, one 8, one 7 and one 3. All four con¬ nected in series close circuit 7 amperes,- when motor is running one and a half amperes.

We have used battery two and a half hours in one week and that is all we could get out of it. We opened up the second battery and found one of the jars broken and as we

mot get any-

[ENCLOSURE]

N. A. P. Co. 2.

thing to I'oplace it here, it is useless to us at present. It may be possible that we have gotten hold of one tliat is not just rijjht. We have three more coming and v/ill try them, but if t hey work no better than the first one they are no good to us.

As things are at present, v/e cannot lease Motor Power Phonographs. We feel very much disappointed, as we have been promising some of our people to furnish a battery as represented to us, to replace the first battery, and said patrons are disgusted and say that v/e must take back the machines.

This hurts our reputation as others wore waiting to see how this battery would work. Can you enlighten or help us out in any way?

Have you tried the Pumpelly Storage Battery? V/hat would be the cost' of recharging, etc., etc.

Yours truly,

THE COLORADO & UTAH PHONO. CO.

COPY.

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and Jesse i. liippineefeli, S®Ie liieensee ®f- fehe

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160, 162 & 164 BROADWAY,

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TELEPHONE CALL,

Dear Mr. Edison,

After leaving the Works yesterday, I had quite an ex¬ tended talk with the two gentlemen from "hicago and with Mr, Benson from Omaha. Their opinion is that unless we have a start and stop movement, different from the one now contemplated, that we will make a great mistake. In talking with Mr. Easton of t he Columbia Company on last Monday, he was of the sane opinion. I am also in receipt of a letter from the Pittsburgh Company, which is very em¬ phatic in the same direction. Those people are broufht in daily contact with typewriters and other- practical users of the machines. They want the motion in starting or stopping a nachine to be sim¬ ilar to that made by the typewriter in touching the keys. They say that typewriters, who copy for so much a folio, find fault v/ith any, even slight, impediment in doing their work rapidly. If this movement could be arranged by two keys, it would meet all criti¬ cism.

You may look upon this as a very small or insignificant matter but really the testimony we get lY’om all quarters is so unanimous as to the advisability of using a suitable device, that we would be going greatly against our own interests to not recog¬ nize it.

We are to have a meeting of seven of the near by managers at our office next Monday. I should like very much to be able to Show them the complete machine on thsit day. With the start and stop movement satisfactory and the cylinder the length of the man¬ drel and a single record cylinder for mailing, my conviction is that the graphophone will be. practically shelved.

To

Very truly yours.

Thomas A. Edison, Esq.

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EATON & LEWIS

^/^/(EQUiw

Thomas A. Edison Esq.,

Dear Sir:-.

... , , Re Eippineott $65,000,' Note. Pursuant to your

letter given to Mr, Lippincott,,this note was protested, and I have drawn r.a contract extending payment for two months.and- providing S ® =rtens ion note for $65,000. plus.-^ eleven months * inter^t on xno ox CL noxo**

T please find triplicate copies of the said con-

tract. I have submitted them to Mr. Lippincott.and he approves.'.

In + you kindly write your name at the bottcm of the

docments.with a witness, and have the same returned to mo, and oblige.

Very truly yours

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and J©sse Iiippinaafelj, S©I© Liiaens©© ©5 feh©

Hnaepiaan Spaph©ph©^e S©.,

160, 162 & 164 BROADWAY,

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TELEPHONE CALL, P. O. BOX 2S92.

Yours very truly,

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TELEPHONE C

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A. 0. Tate, Esq., Sec, <'P7^V~r.

Edison's Laboratory, Oranjp , N. J, Dear Sir:-

In talking with Mr. Edison the other day, he informed ms that he hai requested you to send me a copy of an opinion on the graphophone patents given to Col. Gotiraud by his solicitor. As 1 have not yet received it, will you kindly forward it without delay, and oblige.

Very truly yours.

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and JeSge i. Liippin©©1jfe, S©Ie liiaensee ©f- fehe

Hmepiaan Spaph©ph©^e G®.,

telephone CALL, IqO, 162 & 164 BROADWAY,

P.O.BOX 2502. . JJOYQjIl^Qj, 2l8t..^ . ISS 9

Walter Miller; Esii., ■■ ' '0r6aige;-NVj;'''

Dear Walter :-

V/e sent over an order to-day for two dozen Musical Cylinders, to be sent to Mr. Benson at Chicago. Will you please at¬ tend personally .to the selection of these, and have the records of the very best class of music and all A number one, each record care¬ fully packed. This is very important to all of our interests , and

the attention we ask.

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