Unusual assortment of pencil instructions written by Thomas Edison, signed “E,” “Edison,” and “TAE,” five pages, 5 x 8, no date. This grouping of notes was presumably issued to four of his employees, with the first being a letter to Hal Starrett, in full: “Go down with a demonstrating machine & put it into house of F. L. Bascom East Millstone—give him 2 boxes of records same as you used in N. England—Leave the machine, which if Mr. Bascom takes agency we can use. Say to Mr. B. that you are expert from Laboratory on selling & that if he arranges with Mr. Maher you will come & start the business, find & teach the salesmen." The second, addressed to “Curry,” in full: “Rent to Manhattan jobber one Chippendale upright same terms as you, rent to other jobbers.” The third, for “Burns,” in part: “This is a rented demonstrating machine rented to Manhattan Co. at 3.50 cents per month—I want it to demonstrate to prospective dealers in towns where we have no dealer. Keep track of this machine—& the responsible man will be J. A. Maher.” The fourth, for “Paullin,” in part: “Let…have 2 boxes of demonstrating Records & look to J. A. Maher…Maher is employed at Laboratory.” In overall fine condition.
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