[D8850ACW], Letter from George Edward Gouraud to Thomas Alva Edison, August 1888


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[D8850ACW], Letter from George Edward Gouraud to Thomas Alva Edison, August 1888

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"I am glad to hear that you have duly received my several Phonograms, and that you understood every word that they say. As soon as I get a few more boxes made, I shall begin to send Phonograms to different parts of the world--all over Europe, Asia and Africa, addressed to different friends or acquaintances at different points. They will re-address the same to you. Each Phonogram will contain a message to you, informing you the route by which it has reached you. The last one has left me, and consequently when you received it; you will be able to judge, as to the effect, if any, of the various stages of private and conditions of handling, incident to the voyages which it has made. ### Tomorrow or next day, I shall receive, or ought to receive the new Phonograph for which I am very anxious, as you will understand. ### People are positively clamoring to see the Phonograph, and of course I am waiting for the newest and best thing before having my reception for the leading scientific men of England. ### From the description which Mr. Payne has sent me at your request I expect great things in the new instrument. He says that you tell him to say to me that I have never heard the Phonograph speak. Well--we think it speaks pretty well and we cannot understand how you can have as far improved it as to justify the extravagant praise which Mr. Payne gives it; however I am prepared for anything now, after all that I have seen in the past. ### I hope you will be careful to keep recent, as I cabled you to do your new improvements, so that they do not get publxihed before I get the chance to buy them. ### I have explained to you that we have one important claim in case eighty-five is rejected in an important country, in consequence of some desciption which appeared in a foreign newspaper." Good-bye, Yours ever, Gouraud. [Enclosure: Invitation to Gouraud's home "To meet Mr. Edison (Non presentem sed alloquentem) Saturday Oct. 6"]
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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
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