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Series I. Correspondence: October 28, 1847 - January 12, 1848 (Box 6 and Map Case II-8)

October 21, 1847 - October 28, 1847 (Box 6/Folder 1) : [48 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: construction of lines (Detroit, Chicago & Milwaukee line, Troy & Canada Junction line), materials and supplies, Irish workers; negotiations with British North American Electric Telegraph Association.

PLACES:

Vermont.

PEOPLE:

Livingston, Charles; Wells, Henry; Speed, J.J.; Tillotson, D.T.; Whitney, H.H.; Cornell, E.B.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Wood, M.L.

October 29, 1847 - October 31, 1847 (Box 6/Folder 2) : [40 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: construction of lines (Erie & Michigan line), instruments, materials and supplies; sickness in Michigan.

HIGHLIGHTS:

October 29, 1847. Ezra Cornell to D.T. Tillotson, concerning western lines:
"I am using all my wits - my industry and my friends, to get the material and get it forwarded to you, and I hope you will use corrisponding exertion to collect the subscriptions and forward the work there."

O'Reilly conflict.

October 30, 1847. Formal letter of protest concerning Ezra Cornell's work on Canadian lines;.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Tillotson, D.T.; Wood, Phebe.

November 1, 1847 - November 7, 1847 (Box 6/Folder 3) : [47 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: construction of lines (Troy & Canada Junction line, Erie & Michigan line, Canadian lines), materials and supplies; conflict in Quebec with British North American Electric Telegraph Association; Johnson's telegraph invention.

HIGHLIGHTS:

November 5, 1847. Zook and Barnes to Ezra Cornell concerning House's Printing Telegraph.

PLACES:

Canada.

PEOPLE:

Wood, M.L.; Speed, J.J.; Cornell, E.B.; Johnson, C.F.; Tillotson, D.T.

November 8, 1847 - November 12, 1847 (Box 6/Folder 4) : [49 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, construction of lines (Erie & Michigan line, Troy & Canada Junction line), objections to lines passing people's properties, O'Reilly conflict.

HIGHLIGHTS:

November 11, 1847. J.J. Speed to Ezra Cornell on delays in receiving materials:
"We are flat on our asses for want of some glasses..."

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Cornell, E.B.; Tillotson, D.T.

November 13, 1847 - November 19, 1847 (Box 6/Folder 5) : [44 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: construction of lines (Troy & Canada Junction line, Erie & Michigan line), materials and supplies, Canadian lines; Montreal Telegraph Company; Ezra Cornell's ill health.

PLACES:

Vermont.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, E.B.; Bristol, John S.; Speed, J.J.; Wood, M.L.

November 20, 1847 - November 30, 1847 (Box 6/Folder 6) : [52 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: Canadian lines, construction of lines (western lines), materials and supplies; Ezra Cornell's ill health; Erie & Michigan Telegraph Company.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Griffin, David; Wood, M.B.; Cornell, E.B.; Bristol, John S.; Tillotson, D.T.; Wood, Otis E.

December 1, 1847 - December 6, 1847 (Box 6/Folder 7) : [57 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: construction of lines (western lines and line through Vermont), O'Reilly conflict, materials and supplies, Canadian lines, stock subscriptions.

HIGHLIGHTS:

December 4, 1847. J.J. Speed concerning his wounded knee:
"My knee is still sore, and the doctor says I must keep quiet. Yesterday he put on some serpents or as he called them leeches, and they sucked out a great deal of blood - today it is a little better."

December 5, 1847. J. Haviland to Ezra Cornell from Detroit:
"On Monday last this city was put in communication with Ypsilanti & the line works well. It seems to be completely insulated & a battery of 10 cups is sufficient & perhaps will answer for ten miles further to Ann Arbor."

Rates, materials and supplies, O'Reilly's line, Erie & Michigan Telegraph Company.

December 6. 1847. G.W. Benedict to Ezra Cornell with rate proposal for Troy & Canada Junction and Montreal & Troy Telegraph Companies.

December 6, 1847. J.J. Speed:
"I had a letter from Cornell today, dated at N. York the 25th. He has been sick, since the first of Nov...I learn from my wife that Cornell's wife had a baby about those days, and he must have been anxious to get home."

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Benedict, G.W.; Cutter, Isaac H.; Haviland, J.; Cornell, E.B.; Brown, F.A.; Faxton, Theodore.

December 7, 1847 - December 11, 1847 (Box 6/Folder 8) : [54 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: construction of lines (western lines, Canadian lines), materials and supplies, stock subscriptions (problems in collection).

HIGHLIGHTS:

December 9, 1847. H. Wells & Company to Ezra Cornell concerning Ezra Cornell's finances:
"Your ill health has certainly got you in a fog about your money matters & if you will come down here we will talk the matter over..."

December 10, 1847. J.J. Speed to Ezra Cornell:
"What are your notions respecting N.Y. and Erie line? When, and where, can we get enough subscribed to build it?"

December 11, 1847. E.B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell concerning competition from O'Reilly's line.

December 11, 1847. J.J. Speed to Ezra Cornell, quoting letter to Speed from Smith:
"Our object before was to annihilate House - we did it - we will now try what is left of O'Reilly down the Ohio - North and West. I leave him to your tender mercies - But the day of compromise has gone by - do or die is the motto for us now."

PEOPLE:

Beebe, Jeremiah S.; Speed, J.J.; Tillotson, D.T.; Wells, Henry; Wood, M.B.; Cornell, E.B.; Jackson, Tower; Parker, Jason.

December 12, 1847 - December 17, 1847 (Box 6/Folder 9) : [43 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: construction of lines (western lines, delays and shortage of wires), finances, materials and supplies.

HIGHLIGHTS:

December 15, 1847. L. Morrell to Ezra Cornell discussing feed for livestock.

PLACES:

Detroit; Chicago.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Faxton, Theodore; Bristol, John S.; Morrell, L.; Wood, M.B.; Tillotson, D.T.; Cornell, E.B.

December 18, 1847 - December 22, 1847 (Box 6/Folder 10) : [44 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: construction of lines, finances, materials and supplies, western lines, Canadian lines, stock subscriptions.

PLACES:

Buffalo; New York; Quebec; Chicago; Vermont; Detroit; Montreal.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, E.B.; Speed, J.J.; Wells, Henry; Cutter, Isaac H.; Tillotson, D.T.; Haviland, J.; Wood, O.S.

December 23, 1847 - December 27, 1847 (Box 6/Folder 11) : [54 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: construction of lines, finances, materials and supplies, western lines, stock subscriptions, disputes over western lines; Erie & Michigan Telegraph Company.

HIGHLIGHTS:

December 23, 1847. J.J. Speed to Ezra Cornell from Chicago:
"You speak of trying to get wire from Buffalo to Cleveland. Had we better not finish this end? I have repeatenly written you that it is utterly impossible to collect our subscriptions until we get the line down..."

December 24, 1847. E.B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell from Erie:
"...there is no probability of getting any more wire shipped to Detroit this winter as all the harbours are closed up tight along the lake, the sleighing is good now from Buffalo to this place and the wire might be carted cheap..."

PLACES:

Milwaukee; Chicago; Buffalo; Erie, Penn.; Detroit; Vermont; Troy, N.Y.; Michigan.

PEOPLE:

Tillotson, D.T.; Speed, J.J.; Cornell, E.B.; Haviland, J.; Morse, Samuel F.B.; Dunham, J.; Wood, Benjamin; Wood, M.B.

December 28, 1847 - December 31, 1847 (Box 6/Folder 12) : [50 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: construction of lines, finances, materials and supplies, western lines, office operations.

HIGHLIGHTS:

December 28, 1847. B.B. French, President of the Magnetic Telegraph Company to Ezra Cornell regarding shares issued as dividend payments and current operations of eastern lines.

PLACES:

Troy; New York City; Michigan; Chicago; Vermont.

PEOPLE:

French, B.B.; Haviland, J.; Speed, J.J.

1848 (Map Case II-8/Folder 1) : [No Digital Copy]

TOPICS:

J.J. Speed discussing telegraph routes and business. Sketched map of telegraph routes on reverse.

January 1, 1848 - January 8, 1848 (Box 6/Folder 13) : [45 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: construction of lines, finances, materials and supplies, western lines, stock subscriptions.

PLACES:

Vermont; Troy; Chicago.

PEOPLE:

Tillotson, D.T.; Speed, J.J.; Pinkham, F.W.; Beaumont, R.J.; Morse, Samuel F.B.; Cornell, E.B.; Smith, F.O.J.

January 9, 1848 - January 12, 1848 (Box 6/Folder 14) : [49 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: construction of lines, finances, materials and supplies, western lines.

PLACES:

Chicago; Vermont.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Robertson, Mary C.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Cornell, E.B.; Wood, Benjamin.