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  • Family correspondence
  • advice and admonition concerning the children, particularly regarding their education
  • descriptions of travel in Maine, including an account of a rough trip by steamer to New York
  • character of the Maine people
  • phrenology
  • business and finance
  • Ezra Cornell's "new enterprise"
  • a proposal including a description of manufacturing possibilities in the South, and an offer by Ezra Cornell to manage a company if $100,000 were invested
  • plows
  • wool factory (Ithaca)
  • fires in Ithaca
  • the laying of the test telegraph pipe between Washington D.C. and Baltimore
  • rejection of Ezra Cornell's initial patent claim for trench cutter, the Patent Office suggesting amendments
  • description of sights in Washington D.C., including extensive discussion of the Capital.