[D8959AAF], Letter from George Edward Gouraud to Thomas Alva Edison, January 22nd, 1889


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[D8959AAF], Letter from George Edward Gouraud to Thomas Alva Edison, January 22nd, 1889

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"I had the honor of receiving an invitation a fortnight ago to visit his royal highness the Prince of Wales at Sandrikgha, and to spend the night there. I went on the 18th inst - Friday last - and took Hamilton with me. I was seriously indisposed in the morning before leaving, and on arriving. After spending half an hour with the Prince, I withdrew and was unable to again put in an appearance. Hamilton, however, was on hand at the appointed time, and both he and the Phonograph acquited themselves with the customary credit to all concerned. ### The house party was a small but a peculiarly interesting one, as it comprised the Prince and Princess of Wales; Prince Albert Victor; Prince George; Princesses Louise, Victoria, and Maud - sons and daughters of the Prince and Princess. Amongst the guest were, the Empress Fredericka [The Princess Royal] and her three daughters Fredericka, Sophia, and Margaret. Lord Salisbury [The Prime Minister] and Lady Salisbury. ### Everybody was delighted of course, and the party did not disperse until half an hour after midnight; and not only did they hear every record contained in the cabinet taken down by Hamilton, but many of them they had repeated several times, especially the duplicate I have of Mr. Gladstone’s phonogram to you. The ceremony concluded by a record being made of the voices of the Prince and Princess of Wales, and Lord Salisbury."




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