[D8850AEP], Phonogram from James Whitehead to Thomas Alva Edison, December 1888


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[D8850AEP], Phonogram from James Whitehead to Thomas Alva Edison, December 1888

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"It affords me great pleasure on the eve of Christmas to express to you, through the medium of your marvellous invention, my hearty good wishes for a bright and prosperous New Year for your family and yourself. May I hope that it may be devoted to further advancement in those wonderful scientific discoveries and investigations for which already you have made mankind your debtor. To these good wishes for yourself may I add an equally hearty expression of cordial good-will for your great Nation, and for the distinguished president who is at the head of affairs, that we in the Mother-country, and you in America, joined as we are by ties of blood and bonds of deep affection, may always have the friendliest and kindest dealings the one to the other is I am certain the common hope of us all. ### There is one personal matter to which I would like to allude,- I mean the approaching retirement of Mr Phelps, the American Minister. Mr Phelps has during his stay amongst us mae himself so thoroughly popular and is so universally liked that we look upon him as a friend, and in losing him we shall miss one who has done much to cement the bons of unity between the United States and England. Both His Excellency and his genial wife will leave behind them in this country troops of friends. ### Colonel Gouraud, whom I have met on various occasions, and who is with me now, has shown me at all times great courtesy and consideration. He is very popular in England and has the faculty of ingratiating himself wherever he goes. ### These imperfect words come from James Whitehead, Chief Magistrate,-that is Lord Mayor of the City of London, and he only desires to add that he hopes you will have a very happy and prosperous New Year and that you will have a long life, and that you may derive from it all that you deserve from the great merits of your intentions." [stamped: "Spoken into Edison's phonograph by The Lord Mayor of London Written from the Phonograph's dictation by [unclear]"]




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