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Series I. Correspondence: June 22, 1847 - October 20, 1847 (Box 5)

June 22, 1847 - June 23, 1847 (Box 5/Folder 1) : [24 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: distribution of lines to Smith and Kendall; meteorological observations in Maine in preparation for a visual telegraph, Maine to Nova Scotia.

PLACES:

Maine.

PEOPLE:

Brown, F.A.; Speed, J.J.

June 24, 1847 - June 27, 1847 (Box 5/Folder 2) : [37 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence; meteorological observations in Maine in preparation for a visual telegraph, Maine to Nova Scotia.

PLACES:

Maine.

June 27, 1847 - July 7, 1847 (Box 5/Folder 3) : [54 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: subscriptions for western lines; meteorological observations in Maine in preparation for a visual telegraph, Maine to Nova Scotia; Erie & Michigan Telegraph Company.

PLACES:

Maine; Michigan; Milwaukee; Montreal.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Brown, F.A.; Wood, M.B.; Tillotson, D.T.; Wood, O.S.; Cornell, E.B.; Cornell, Betsy Ann; Park, J.D.

July 8, 1847 - July 20, 1847 (Box 5/Folder 4) : [61 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: patent rights, establishment of new lines; Montreal Telegraph Company; British North American Electric Telegraph Association.

HIGHLIGHTS:

July 8, 1847. O.S. Wood to Ezra Cornell from Montreal:
"I do not regret getting away from here as there is a fearful contagion raging here among the emigrants and many of the citizens now have the Typhus Fever. Should you conclude to come here keep upon the upper deck as much as possible and not visit the emigrants den of filth. I have been but once to visit the sheds and shall not go again very soon. Between 30 & 40 die daily at the sheds between the lines & canal."

July 11, 1847. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell:
"I have this morning returned from Vermont having made a tour through the entire length of Vermont between the Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains, soliciting subscriptions of stock for the Troy and Canada Junction Telegraph and have met with as much success as I could hope for. I have had a publick meeting and adressed the people on the subject in 9 different villages, and I feel assured that I have converted the unbelieving to the true Magnetic faith."

PLACES:

Ontario; Quebec; Milwaukee; Michigan; Vermont; Chicago.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Cornell, E.B.; Brown, F.A.; Tillotson, D.T.; Wood, M.B.; Speed, J.J.

July 21, 1847 - August 14, 1847 (Box 5/Folder 5) : [63 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: patent rights, rights of way and permissions, Canadian lines.

HIGHLIGHTS:

July 25, 1847. Account of a trip from Ithaca to Ypsilanti, Michigan.

PLACES:

Michigan; Kingston, Ontario; Montreal; Chicago; Quebec.

PEOPLE:

McRea, W.C.; Speed, J.J.; Wood, O.S.; Thatcher, J.D.; Wood, M.L.; Smith, F.O.J.

August 15, 1847 - August 21, 1847 (Box 5/Folder 6) : [29 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: patent rights.

PLACES:

Milwaukee.

PEOPLE:

Tillotson, D.T.; Selden, Samuel L.; Speed, J.J.; Rice, H.F.

August 21, 1847 - August 25, 1847 (Box 5/Folder 7) : [42 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: disputes concerning western lines, Canadian lines; Montreal Telegraph Company.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Wood, O.S.; O'Reilly, Henry.

August 26, 1847 - September 2, 1847 (Box 5/Folder 8) : [46 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: disputes concerning western lines, Canadian lines.

HIGHLIGHTS:

August 27, 1847. Circulars by H.B. Ely denying Ezra Cornell's right to erect telegraph lines on the Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee line:
"My attention has been called to the movements of Mssrs. Speed, Cornell, and others connected with them...And in order to correct any misapprehension or erroneous impression in the minds of the public...Mr. O'Reilly and his associates have made no arrangement with Mssrs. Speed, Cornell and company in relation to the line."

PLACES:

Milwaukee; Albany.

PEOPLE:

Smith, F.O.J.; O'Reilly, Henry; Collins, William R.; Wood, M.L.; Ely, H.B.

September 3, 1847 - September 11, 1847 (Box 5/Folder 9) : [55 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: disputes concerning western lines, Canadian lines, response to and effects of Ely's circular, patents; Erie & Michigan Telegraph Company printed address to subscribers; Atlantic, Lake and Mississippi Telegraph Range.

HIGHLIGHTS:

September 8, 1847. M.L. Wood to Ezra Cornell:
"The bold assertion that O'Reilly has the exclusive right to put in opperation Morse's Telegraph upon this line has taken the subscribers rather aback and created much distrust and anxiety for the safety of their investment."

September 11, 1847. Byron Kilbourn to Ezra Cornell and J.J. Speed:
"I have been notified that you have not the exclusive rights to erect a line of the Telegraph from Buffalo to Detroit..."

Printed appeal from citizens of the western states:
"That the Magnetic Telegraph, being the only known agent that annihilates space in transmitting intelligence, should be established between the commercial emporium of the nation and the commercial centre on the Pacific."

PLACES:

Montreal; Milwaukee; Albany; Columbus; Detroit; Vermont; Quebec; Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Tillotson, D.T.; Speed, J.J.; Cornell, E.B.; Wood, M.B.; Smith, F.O.J.; Wood, M.L.; Kilbourn, Byron.

September 13, 1847 - September 27, 1847 (Box 5/Folder 10) : [81 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, disputes concerning western lines, Canadian lines, response to and effects of Ely's circular.

HIGHLIGHTS:

September 13, 1847. Samuel F.B. Morse to Ezra Cornell:
"Yours is received with its enclosures. The outrageous conduct of O'Reilly and his associates is to me inexplicable, on any other construction than determined and persevering fraud. I am not prepared to make the arrangement you propose. By my arrangement with Mr. Smith he is bound to make me good in this controversy with O'Reilly. It became by that agreement his affair & not mine, and I cannot see why I should put money due out of my hands..."

September 19, 1847. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell with advice, instruction, and entreaties concerning the latter's study habits.

PLACES:

Quebec; Montreal; Chicago.

PEOPLE:

Wood, M.L.; Speed, J.J.; Smith, F.O.J.; Wood, M.L.; Cornell, Alonzo B.

September 28, 1847 - October 6, 1847 (Box 5/Folder 11) : [50 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: technical matters, materials and supplies, disputes concerning western lines, Canadian lines; Troy Turnpike and Rail Road Company permission.

PLACES:

Chicago; Detroit.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, E.B.; Park, J.D.; Speed, J.J.; McRea, M.C.

October 7, 1847 - October 14, 1847 (Box 5/Folder 12) : [49 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: technical matters, materials and supplies, disputes concerning western lines, Canadian lines, Troy & Canada Junction line; Montreal Telegraph Company.

HIGHLIGHTS:

October 8, 1847. Ezra Cornell to D.T. Tillotson:
"For Hevens sake push on that work. Off with your coat and at it, let us have action as well as talk. The line must be at work from Buffalo to Milwaukee before the 1st of Jan next."

October 11, 1847. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell:
"Your account of the Fair represents a meager affair. I am sorry there is no more spirit in the Farmers of Tompkins. I shall have to go at farming again and steer them up.
"I understand that Mr. Eddy wants you to go into the Telegraph business for him. I am surprised at this, at any rate I trust you don't entertain this small potatoe Telegraph Operation of his for a moment. When I wish you to go into the Telegraph business I can put you in some respectable position in the business, but I want you to attend to your studdies and qualify yourself for some respectable position in Society."

PLACES:

Montreal; Troy, N.Y.; Middlebury, Vt.; Burlington, Vt.

PEOPLE:

McRea, W.C.; Speed, J.J.; Wood, M.L.; Wood, M.B.; Tillotson, D.T.; Cornell, Alonzo B.

October 15, 1847 - October 18, 1847 (Box 5/Folder 13) : [46 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: technical matters, materials and supplies, western lines, Canadian lines; British North American Electric Telegraph Association.

PLACES:

Milwaukee; Detroit.

PEOPLE:

Bristol, John S.; Cornell, E.B.; Tillotson, D.T.; Speed, J.J.; Johnson, C.F.

October 19, 1847 - October 20, 1847 (Box 5/Folder 14) : [46 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: technical matters, materials and supplies, western lines, Canadian lines; British North American Electric Telegraph Association.

PLACES:

Detroit; Montreal.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Cornell, E.B.; Wood, M.B.