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Florence Nightingale’s only audible words were recorded by a representative from the Thomas Edison Company on 30 July 1890 at her home in South Street. In this brief and now very difficult to hear recording she remembers her time during the Crimean War some 34 years previously. First, a female announcer tells us the date and location of the recording, then we hear Florence speak.
Female announcer: “At Florence Nightingale’s House, London, July the thirtieth, eighteen hundred and ninety.”
Florence Nightingale: “When I am no longer even a memory, just a name, I hope my voice may perpetuate the great work of my life. God bless my dear old comrades of Balaclava and bring them safe to shore. Florence Nightingale.”