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Series I. Correspondence: January 13, 1848 - July 3, 1848 (Box 7)

January 13, 1848 - January 18, 1848 (Box 7/Folder 1) : [59 digital images]

TOPICS:

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

HIGHLIGHTS:

January 15, 1848. Alonzo B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell:
"I like the business exceedingly well and the more I have to do the more pleasant it is for me."

PLACES:

Chicago; Vermont; Milwaukee.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Speed, J.J.; Tillotson, D.T.; Vail, Alfred.

January 19, 1848 - January 23, 1848 (Box 7/Folder 2) : [52 digital images]

TOPICS:

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

PLACES:

Chicago; Vermont; Milwaukee.

PEOPLE:

Allen, Oliver E.; Speed, J.J.; Tillotson, D.T.; Wood, M.L.

January 23, 1848 - January 31, 1848 (Box 7/Folder 3) : [52 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: technical matters, materials and supplies, western lines, Canadian lines, rates; Buffalo and Canada Junction Telegraph Company.

PLACES:

Vermont; Montreal; Burlington, Vt.; Troy; Buffalo.

PEOPLE:

Haviland, J.; Wood, Phebe; Cornell, E.B.; Wood, M.B.; Allen, W.D.

February 1, 1848 - February 8, 1848 (Box 7/Folder 4) : [45 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, construction of lines (in Vermont and the west), Canadian lines, disputes concerning western lines.

HIGHLIGHTS:

February 2, 1848. B.B. French to Ezra Cornell from Washington:
"Receipts of our line last month about $6000! Give you dividend soon."

February 5, 1848. George Vail to Ezra Cornell concerning Morse Telegraph stocks and rights.

February 6, 1848. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell:
"I shall put you in the Montreal Office. I now think you are qualified to perform the duties promptly and with accuracy. It will be a very important station."

PLACES:

Vermont; Troy; Milwaukee.

PEOPLE:

French, B.B.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Cornell, John H.; Vail, George; Smith, F.O.J.; Cornell, E.B.; Wood, Benjamin; Haviland, J.

February 9, 1848 - February 22, 1848 (Box 7/Folder 5) : [58 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, construction of lines, western lines, rates, materials and supplies, stock subscriptions, disputes concerning western lines; family cemetery.

HIGHLIGHTS:

February 16, 1848. J. Haviland:
"I see that Mr. O.R. is pushing his line to Chicago and that Springfield has subscribed $8000!!! What do you think of that?"

February 18, 1848. AA. Mann to Ezra Cornell:
"I learn that Col. Speed will not purchase the DeWitt farm at your place. I am therefore at liberty to received a proposal from you if you desire to purchase. The lowest price will be the sum as agreed to by Col. Speed, $6000."

PLACES:

Dryden, N.Y.; Ithaca; Montreal; Vermont; Buffalo.

PEOPLE:

Wood, Benjamin; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Wood, M.B.; Griffin, Emily; Curtis, N.T.; Haviland, J.; Speed, J.J.; Mann, A.A.

February 23, 1848 - March 7, 1848 (Box 7/Folder 6) : [51 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, construction of lines, western lines, Canadian lines, patent rights, rates, dividends, materials and supplies; draft of a contract between Speed, Ezra Cornell, and Smith.

HIGHLIGHTS:

March 5, 1848. E.B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell:
"The Fredonians are much delighted with the idea of being connected with all Creation...Our room was literaly thronged with spectators all the afternoon yesterday beholding with astonishment the greatest wonder of the age."

PLACES:

Montreal; Vermont; New York City.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, E.B.; Kendall, Amos; Faxton, Theodore; Smith, F.O.J.; Benedict, G.W.; Morse, Samuel F.B.; Allen, W.D.; Haviland, J.; Bristol, John S.; Speed, J.J.

March 9, 1848 - March 31, 1848 (Box 7/Folder 7) : [86 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, construction of lines, western lines, Canadian lines, materials and supplies, disputes concerning western lines and conflict with O'Reilly; Erie & Michigan Telegraph Company.

PLACES:

Erie; Montreal; Detroit; Buffalo; Michigan.

PEOPLE:

Allen, W.D.; Speed, J.J.; Tillotson, D.T.; Wood, M.B.; Griffin, David; Cornell, E.B.; O'Reilly, Henry; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Buell,W.C.

April 2, 1848 - April 13, 1848 (Box 7/Folder 8) : [43 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, construction of lines, western lines, materials and supplies, disputes concerning western lines and conflict with O'Reilly, stock subscriptions for a New York southern tier line, Canadian lines, New York & Erie Line; British North American Electric Telegraph Association.

PLACES:

Massachusetts; Milwaukee.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, E.B.; Speed, J.J.; Tillotson, D.T.; Allen, Oliver E.; Wells, Henry.

April 16, 1848 - April 30, 1848 (Box 7/Folder 9) : [85 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, construction of lines, western lines, materials and supplies, stock subscriptions, disputes concerning western lines and conflict with O'Reilly, disputes concerning Canadian lines; Montreal Telegraph Company; British North American Electric Telegraph Association.

HIGHLIGHTS:

April 18, 1848. Instructions for operating the Michigan lines.

April 29, 1848. Wire from H.B. Ely to E.B. Cornell:
"Three times now have the wires of the Line of the Buffalo and Erie come in contact with those of the Lake Erie Line so as to prevent ours working. I have therefore to request you immediately to remove your line wherever it runs either above or below ours."

PLACES:

Montreal; Vermont; Troy; Detroit; Jefferson (Watkins Glen), N.Y.; Havana (Montour Falls), N.Y.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Haviland, J.; Rice, H.F.; Cornell, E.B.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Howland, Charles W.; Allen, W.D.; Humphrey, William R.; Kendall, Amos; Hale, Henry; Ely, H.B.; Bent, George.

May 1, 1848 - May 12, 1848 (Box 7/Folder 10) : [45 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, construction of lines (Halifax to Boston), western lines, materials and supplies, disputes concerning Canadian lines; British North American Electric Telegraph Association.

HIGHLIGHTS:

May 9, 1848. Alonzo B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell:
"I do not care about staying here any longer than till there is a place for me some where in America, or at least out of Canada."

PLACES:

Detroit; Montreal; Massachusetts; Ohio; Vermont.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, E.B.; Kendall, Amos; Speed, J.J.; Reed, Augustus; Wells and Company; Haviland, J.; Cornell, Alonzo B.

May 14, 1848 - May 23, 1848 (Box 7/Folder 11) : [59 digital images]

TOPICS:

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

PLACES:

Massachusetts; Detroit; Ohio.

PEOPLE:

Haviland, J.; Tillotson, D.T.; McFarland, John H.W.; Beebe, Jeremiah S.; Cornell, E.B.; Allen, Oliver E.; Dunham, J.; Wood, M.B.; Cobb, Emory.

May 24, 1848 - May 31, 1848 (Box 7/Folder 12) : [59 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, construction of lines, western lines, materials and supplies, stock subscriptions, Canadian lines; "transcriptions of telegraph talk."

PLACES:

Salem, N.Y.; Aurora, N.Y.; Milwaukee; Illinois; Ohio; Connecticut.

PEOPLE:

Morgan, E.G.; Edwards, E.; Wells, Henry; Speed, J.J.; Beebe, Jeremiah S.; Jackson, Tower; Cornell, E.B.; Allen, Oliver E.

June 1, 1848 - June 12, 1848 (Box 7/Folder 13) : [57 digital images]

TOPICS:

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

HIGHLIGHTS:

June 6, 1848. J.J. Speed to Ezra Cornell from Detroit:
"Wilson is fighting the Pirates in good stile, but I much doubt his ability, or any one else, to get the Stock taken for us from Chicago to St. Louis. O'Reilly has a tribe of agents travelling all over the West, setting up meetings and talking to all who will listen to them in favor of their piratical schemes."

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Wilson, William Duane; Cornell, Alonzo B.; McFarland, John H.W.; Morgan, E.G.; Humphrey, William R.; Beebe, Jeremiah S.; Cornell, E.B.

June 12, 1848 - June 21, 1848 (Box 7/Folder 14) : [48 digital images]

TOPICS:

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

PLACES:

Detroit; Illinois; Montreal.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Curtis, N.T.; Wood, O.S.; Cutter, Isaac H.; Wilson, William Duane; Tillotson, D.T.; Ely, Charles.

June 23, 1848 - July 3, 1848 (Box 7/Folder 15) : [67 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, stock subscriptions, disputes concerning western lines, materials and supplies, Canadian lines, New-York & Erie line; Connecticut and Vermont Telegraph Company; Erie & Michigan Telegraph Company.

HIGHLIGHTS:

July 1, 1848. Statement of costs, Detroit to Buffalo.

PLACES:

Massachusetts; Jefferson (Watkins Glen), N.Y.; Montreal.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Kendall, Amos; Smith, F.O.J.; Wood, O.S.; Allen, Oliver E.; Griffin, David.