[D8850ACN], Letter from George Edward Gouraud to Thomas Alva Edison, August 11th, 1888


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[D8850ACN], Letter from George Edward Gouraud to Thomas Alva Edison, August 11th, 1888

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[is this transcription of recording?] "I telegraphed you of the due arrival of the new spectacles and how pleased I am at the results. You were quite right in saying that I had never heard the Phonograph speak. Hamilton & I were truly astonished at the accuracy of the productions. The distinctness with which al the hisses are heard is really astonishing. The loudness is also very remarkable and will be very useufl for all purposes of exhibition, letures &c. These improvements arrived just in time. For the first time I felt myself ready in all respects to show the Phonograph. I had my invitations all ready printed & ready for the mail & immediately posted them to the representatives of all the London newspapers - inviting them here to meet you - "non presentem at aloquentem" -- that is to say - speaking but not present, or rather not present but speaking. Gilliland should be here by that tie with the several dozen of loud records of music & voices whch you mentioned in your cable. ### I sent you a cable immediately explaining to you that you are wrong in supposing that [unclear] deter you. You have last said, we should have the necessary means of making three complete machines, we have really but one complete machine fit for exhibition and in order to have two more we shall, as I explained to you require one silent motor and two new style governors. That would enable us to utilize two of the old style of Phonograph frames which with the new spectacles sent for them, makes two additional good instumrents, that is, good enough for exhibition purposes. ### I shall answer you last long cable regarding the number of Phonographs I shall require as soon as I have had the opportunity talking with Gilliland. ### We are curious as well as interested to know what the new material for Phonograms is. That they are not affected by temperature and are cheap, is most important." Good bye Yours ever Gouraud




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