This folder contains material pertaining to suits brought by Edison in the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Maryland against the Thomas A. Edison, Jr., Chemical Co., the successor to the Edison Ink and Chemical Co. Two cases were initiated in January 1903. One involved charges of unfair competition; the other, trademark infringement. Another case initiated in October 1904 included the Edison Manufacturing Co. as a complainant. The selected items include the bills of complaint; affidavits; numerous letters exchanged between Thomas A. Edison, Jr., and Frank L. Dyer; and other correspondence regarding the progress of litigation. Also included is the decision dismissing the first suit, along with petitions, affidavits, and correspondence concerning related fraud proceedings brought by the U.S. Post Office against the chemical company.
In addition to discussion of the U.S. Post Office's mail fraud suit against the Thomas A. Edison Jr. Chemical Co., in which the younger Edison was cooperating with Dyer and his father, the letters from 1904 also contain references to Edison Jr.'s protracted stay under an assumed name at the Valley House hotel in Greenwood, New York, where he was hiding out from the officials of the chemical company; his ongoing problems with his foot; and his first encounter with future wife Matilda R. Heyzer, who was posing as a nurse under the assumed name of Mrs. Beatrice Willard. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.