[D8850ADW5], Phonogram from A M Broadley to Thomas Alva Edison, October 5th, 1888


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[D8850ADW5], Phonogram from A M Broadley to Thomas Alva Edison, October 5th, 1888

Editor's Notes

[PHONOGRAM TRANSCRIPTION] [Gouraud's intro: "My next introduction is Mr Broadley, a well known English barrister, whose name will always be remembered by his distinguished defense of Araby Pasha. Now listen to his voice."] "Dear Mr Edison, ### It would be very difficult for me to convey to you any idea of the impression which your invention has caused to-night upon the guests who assembled round the hospitable table at Colonel Gouraud's. The mysteries of the East and the mysteries of Egypt fail before an invention which is doubtless destined to effect a revolution in the means of communication throughout the civilized World. I trust tha tone of the first outcomes of the dinner today will be a safer transmission of your phonogramic records to their destination, and as I am speaking to you the Postmaster General is holding serious consultation with Colonel Gouraud upon the subject of the transmission of these records. There is another subject to which I think the Phonograph may be very judiciously applied, and that is as a substitute for the afliction of after-dinner speaking, from which we to some extent suffer in this country. I have had the privilege to-night of officiating as Phonographic toast-master and when this instrument is introduced for that purpose I shall claim to be the ancestor of a long line of toast-masters, who, instead of discharging their functions in the present manner, have recourse to the Phono graph for the expeditious fulfilment of those duties to which in this country we are sufficiently familiar. I can only express my great thanks to Colonel Gouraud for giving us the opportunity of witnessing your invention, and express our earnest hope that in the near future we may have again an opportunity of witnessing some further exper with the Phonograph" A.M. Broadley, Barrister at Law [stamps at bottom to indicate text was spoken into Edison's phonogram and written by _____]





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