Skip to main content


Series I. Correspondence: November 10, 1845 - August 4, 1846 (Box 3)

November 10, 1845 - November 20, 1845 (Box 3/Folder 1) : [42 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: electricity; new lines (Lockport and Buffalo, Washington and Philadelphia).

PLACES:

Ithaca; Lockport, N.Y.; Washington, D.C.

PEOPLE:

Renwick, James; Cornell, E.B.; Kendall, Amos; Wood, O.S.; Smith, F.O.J.; Sage, H.W.

November 22, 1845 - November 30, 1845 (Box 3/Folder 2) : [43 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence; Family correspondence.

HIGHLIGHTS:

November 23, 1845. Ezra Cornell:
"My section of the Tel extends to Somerville New Jersey about 70 miles by the rout of the wires."

November 30, 1845. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell:
"I want you to be diligent in your studies, for you will soon be wanted for something else. I am going to have a telegraph from Ithaca to Auburn and you may be wanted to take one of the stations. So you see it is important that you should improve the time well, while you have a chance to go to school."

PLACES:

Ithaca; Lockport; Washington, D.C.; New York City.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Kendall, Amos; Smith, F.O.J.; Wells, Henry

December 2, 1845 - December 13, 1845 (Box 3/Folder 3) : [58 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: technical matters, establishment of new lines, patent rights.

HIGHLIGHTS:

December 7, 1845. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell:
"The duty of the mother outweigh the affections of the wife, that is a heavenly emplanted virtue in the breast of woman.
I am bound to make a thousand dollars out of that operation [Ithaca to Auburn telegraph] but this I say to you in confidence and don't want it to go further at present."

PLACES:

New York City.

PEOPLE:

O'Reilly, Henry; Faxton, Theodore; Kendall, Amos; Carter, Samuel P.; Goell, A.C.; Eddy, James; Smith, F.O.J.; Wood, O.S.

December 14, 1845 - December 22, 1845 (Box 3/Folder 4) : [53 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: technical matters, establishment of new lines, finances, materials and supplies; Family correspondence.

HIGHLIGHTS:

December 14, 1845. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell:
"There is nothing I have to reflect on that gives me more satisfaction than the fact that my life is insured for the benefit of my Dear Wife and children."

PLACES:

New York City.

PEOPLE:

Kendall, Amos; Goell, A.C.; Wood, O.S.; Butterfield, J.; Smith, F.O.J.; Eddy, James; O'Reilly, Henry.

December 24, 1845 - December 31, 1845 (Box 3/Folder 5) : [46 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: technical matters, conflict with Vail and others, question of Ezra Cornell's employment, stock subscriptions offered to Ithaca businessmen.

HIGHLIGHTS:

December 30, 1845. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell:
"I thank you for your wish of a 'merry Christmas' and can inform you that I made it merry with work."

PLACES:

New York City; Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

O'Reilly, Henry; Wood, O.S.; Vail, Alfred; Kendall, Amos; Faxton, Theodore.

January 1, 1846 - January 24, 1846 (Box 3/Folder 6) : [39 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: technical matters, patent rights, stock subscriptions.

HIGHLIGHTS:

January 10, 1846. Samuel F.B. Morse to Ezra Cornell:
"At 12 o'clock on Monday and the same on Tuesday at 10 o'clock...you will strike the letter F *--* *--* in the same way from Fort Lee to Philadelphia and also to N York."

PLACES:

New York City.

PEOPLE:

Kendall, Amos; Smith, F.O.J.; Morse, Samuel F.B.; Wood, O. S.; Mooers, Henry.

January 27, 1846 - February 23, 1846 (Box 3/Folder 7) : [47 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: technical matters, personal conflict, establishment of new lines, stock subscriptions in Ithaca.

HIGHLIGHTS:

February 8, 1846. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell admonishing him for revealing elements of slothful behavior.

February 9, 1846. Ezra Cornell to the Editor of the Herald concerning disputed invention of the telegraph.

February 22, 1846. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell calculating in real dollars the lifetime costs of drinking alcohol and using tobacco:
"I am very glad that the temperance reform has reached Fall Creek."

PLACES:

New York City; Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Eddy, James; Beebe, Jeremiah S.; Wood, O.S.; Atwell, Winthrop; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Faxton, Theodore.

February 24, 1846 - March 18, 1846 (Box 3/Folder 8) : [52 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: technical matters, establishment of new lines, Ithaca subscribers; "Cornelia"; temperance movement in Ithaca; letters to Alonzo with advice and counsel on education and responsible living.

HIGHLIGHTS:

March 1, 1846. Description of telegraph lines and bridges.

PLACES:

New York City; Ithaca; Boston.

PEOPLE:

Smith, F.O.J.; Atwell, Winthrop; Eddy, James; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Carter, Samuel P.; Cornell, E.B.; Faxton, Theodore; Livingston, Charles.

March 20, 1846 - March 30, 1846 (Box 3/Folder 9) : [50 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: technical matters, establishment of new lines, Ithaca stock subscriptions.

HIGHLIGHTS:

March 30, 1846. E.B. Cornell from Ithaca:
"We are now enjoying the Blessings and comforts of revivle of religion in Ithaca - the reverend Mr. John Moffett is here Delivering a Course of lectures on American Literature & pouring forth his Eloquent Irish Soul in the Pulpit every other Evening the Cthouse was cramed full to overflowing yesterday."

PLACES:

Boston; New York City; Utica; Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Faxton, Theodore; Cornell, Franklin C.; Wood, O.S.; Eddy, James; Park, J.D.; Cornell, E.B.; Smith, F.O.J.

April 1, 1846 - April 29, 1846 (Box 3/Folder 10) : [42 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: technical matters, establishment of new lines.

HIGHLIGHTS:

April 29, 1846. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell:
"I left the city of NY last eve With the floating Palace Hendrick Hudson. I brought up with me half a dozen flowering trees. I think you had better set them in your nice little dooryard."

PLACES:

Boston; New York City; Albany; Utica.

PEOPLE:

Smith, F.O.J.; Carter, Samuel P.; Wood, O.S.; Faxton, Theodore; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Cornell, Mary Ann.

May 1, 1846 - May 12, 1846 (Box 3/Folder 11) : [28 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: technical matters, materials and supplies, establishment of new lines.

PLACES:

New York City; Utica.

PEOPLE:

Faxton, Theodore; Cornell, E.B.

May 15, 1846 - May 31, 1846 (Box 3/Folder 12) : [33 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: technical matters, materials and supplies; Beebe importunes Ezra Cornell for money.

PLACES:

Ithaca; New York City.

PEOPLE:

Faxton, Theodore; Eddy, James; Beebe, Jeremiah S.; Cornell, E.S.

June 3, 1846 - June 16, 1846 (Box 3/Folder 13) : [38 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: technical matters, materials and supplies, finances, establishment of new lines.

PLACES:

Albany; Boston; New York City.

PEOPLE:

Smith, F.O.J.; Cornell, E.B.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Faxton, Theodore.

June 17, 1846 - June 29, 1846 (Box 3/Folder 14) : [37 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: technical matters, materials and supplies, establishment of new lines.

PLACES:

New York City; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Ithaca; Aurora, N.Y.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, E.B.; Kendall, Amos; Cornell, E.B.; Smith, F.O.J.; Eddy, James.

July 1, 1846 - July 9, 1846 (Box 3/Folder 15) : [32 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: technical matters, materials and supplies, establishment of new lines.

PLACES:

New York City; Albany.

PEOPLE:

Eddy, James; Wood, O.S.; Cornell, E.B.

July 10, 1846 - July 21, 1846 (Box 3/Folder 16) : [26 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: technical matters, materials and supplies, establishment of new lines.

PLACES:

New York City; Poughkeepsie.

PEOPLE:

Smith, F.O.J.; Faxton, Theodore; Cornell, E.B.; Livingston and Wells.

July 25, 1846 - August 4, 1846 (Box 3/Folder 17) : [39 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: technical matters, materials and supplies, establishment of new lines.

HIGHLIGHTS:

August 3, 1846. F.A. Brown to Ezra Cornell:
"I regret to hear Smith is not more successful than he is on the Boston line. Poor fellow, I am sorry for him, those loafers on the Philadelphia line will now be able to exult over his adversity."

PLACES:

New York City; Ithaca; Buffalo.

PEOPLE:

King, George W.; Wood, O.S.; Bristol, John S.; Cornell, E.B.; Faxton, Theodore.