He Has His Lucid Intervals

After dinner toast at Little Menlo

Spoken by: Arthur Sullivan, composer

Introduction by: Col. George Gouraud

Record format: Edison yellow paraffin cylinder
Recording date: October 5, 1888
Location: Little Menlo, London, England
ENHS object catalog number: E-2439-7

George Gouraud:

From Gouraud to Edison, continuation of introduction of friends. Now listen to the voice of Sir Arthur Sullivan.

Arthur Sullivan:

Dear Mr. Edison,

If my friend, Edmund Yates has been a little incoherent, it is in consequence of the excellent dinner, and good wine which he has drunk. Therefore, I beg you would excuse him. He has his lucid intervals.

For myself, I can only say that I am astonished and somewhat terrified at the results of this evening’s experiment — astonished at the wonderful power you have developed, and terrified at the thought that so much hideous and bad music may be put on record forever. But all the same, I think it is the most wonderful thing that I have ever experienced, and I congratulate you with all my heart on this wonderful discovery. Arthur Sullivan.