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Series I. Correspondence: July 4, 1848 - November 23, 1848 (Box 8)

July 4, 1848 - July 14, 1848 (Box 8/Folder 1) : [72 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: construction of lines, western lines, stock subscriptions, materials and supplies, Canadian lines, Troy & Canada Junction line, finances; New-York & Erie Telegraph Company; Erie & Michigan Telegraph Company.

PLACES:

Troy; Vermont; Montreal; Quebec; Buffalo.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, E.B.; Speed, J.J.; Tillotson, D.T.; Allen, Oliver E.; Cutter, Isaac H.; Smith, F.O.J.; Hale, Henry; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Livingston, Caroline.

July 15, 1848 - July 19, 1848 (Box 8/Folder 2) : [60 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, finances, construction of lines, western lines, Canadian lines, New-York & Erie line; Erie & Michigan Telegraph Company.

HIGHLIGHTS:

July 17, 1848. J. Dunham to Ezra Cornell:
"I am anxious to inform you of the happy change that has taken place on our line within a few days past. Since Alonzo came to Buffalo matters & things have assumed a very tone...His suggestions were concise but very comprehensive & just what was needed in our state of confusion."

PLACES:

Buffalo; Sandusky, Ohio; Troy.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Speed, J.J.; Tillotson, D.T.; Dunham, J.

July 19, 1848 - July 23, 1848 (Box 8/Folder 3) : [36 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, finances (Wells & Company), construction of lines, Troy & Canada Junction line, New-York & Erie line, Erie & Michigan line.

HIGHLIGHTS:

July 22, 1848. Alonzo B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell from Buffalo:
"Allen received a letter from Mr. Speed this morning dated July 16th saying he had the wire all up...but thought it was broken in several places towards Detroit & he thought the wire would be ok by tonight...I will notify you instantly when the 'glorious connection' is made."

July 23, 1848. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell:
"I am glad to hear also that the editors begin to perceive an improvement in their reports, but I hope you will not be too much flattered with their puffs - the satisfaction of being right and doing right is ample reward for the little extra exertion required to accomplish so desirable an object, and those least worthy generally succeed in getting the most news paper glory - so that sensible men pay but little attention to such endorsements. Take such evidence & O'Reilly is the Lion in Telegraphing - a perfect Lightning King but take fact for evidence and he dwindles to the position of a perloiner of other peoples fame and property."

Also work and education.

PLACES:

Buffalo; Montreal; Troy.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; St. John, T.O.; Wood, O.S.; O'Reilly, Henry.

July 24, 1848 - July 31, 1848 (Box 8/Folder 4) : [60 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, stock subscriptions, Connecticut & Vermont line (Bennington to Bridgeport), Erie & Michigan line, New-York & Erie line.

PLACES:

Buffalo; Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Kendall, Amos; Allen, Oliver E.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Cornell, E.B.; Tillotson, D.T.

August 1, 1848 - August 16, 1848 (Box 8/Folder 5) : [47 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, Connecticut & Vermont line, New-York & Erie line, Troy & Whitehall line, Canadian lines; Erie & Michigan Telegraph Company.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Tillotson, D.T.; Cutter, Isaac H.; Cornell, Alonzo B.

August 17, 1848 - August 26, 1848 (Box 8/Folder 6) : [42 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, Erie & Michigan line, New-York & Erie line.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Morgan, Grant; Speed, J.J.; Minor, Charles S.; Tillotson, D.T.; Cornell, E.B.

August 27, 1848 - August 30, 1848 (Box 8/Folder 7) : [41 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: Troy & Whitehall line, Erie & Michigan line, materials and supplies.

PLACES:

Buffalo.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Morgan, E.G.; Tillotson, D.T.

September 1, 1848 - September 7, 1848 (Box 8/Folder 8) : [60 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, Erie & Michigan line, Canadian lines.

PLACES:

Milwaukee; Cleveland.

PEOPLE:

Tillotson, D.T.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Kendall, Amos; Speed, J.J.

September 8, - September 12, 1848 (Box 8/Folder 9) : [48 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: stock subscriptions, New-York & Erie line, finances, materials and supplies, construction of lines, Connecticut & Vermont line.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, E.B.; French, B.B.; Bristol, John S.; Tillotson, D.T.; Cutter, Isaac H.

September 13, 1848 - September 22, 1848 (Box 8/Folder 10) : [65 digital images]

TOPICS:

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

PLACES:

Massachusetts; Cleveland.

PEOPLE:

Wood, M.B.; Morry, Le Roy; Allen, Oliver E.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Wood, O.S.; Tillotson, D.T.; Speed, J.J.

September 23, 1848 - September 30, 1848 (Box 8/Folder 11) : [56 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, materials and supplies, New-York & Erie line, Erie & Michigan line, construction of lines, Connecticut & Vermont line.

HIGHLIGHTS:

September 20, 1848. Patent Office to Ezra Cornell:
"Your application for letters patent for an alleged improvement in insulating telegraphic wires has been examined and rejected for want of novelty."

September 26, 1848. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell:
"The arguement in the O'Reilly injunction suit is postponed until the 3rd Monday in Oct. to give time to learn the grounds of the Kentucky decision. I have just had a talk with Gov. Seward on the subject and he says the whole matter looks well."

September 30, 1848. J.J. Speed to Ezra Cornell:
"I have just learned that the Pirates have got their lease renewed for a month. They are certainly a hard animal to tree."

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Bristol, John S.; Tillotson, D.T.; Beebe, Jeremiah S.; Allen, Oliver E.; Speed, J.J.

October 2, 1848 - October 9, 1848 (Box 8/Folder 12) : [56 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, Canadian lines, finances, New-York & Erie line, Erie & Michigan line.

HIGHLIGHTS:

October 8, 1848. Alonzo B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell from Cleveland:
"Business is rather dull just now owing to the depression of the produce market..."

PLACES:

Montreal; Quebec; Cleveland.

PEOPLE:

Wood, O.S.; Cutter, Isaac H.; Faxton, Theodore; Bristol, John S.; Whitney, H.H.; Cornell, E.B.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Norton, J.W.

October 10, 1848 - October 19, 1848 (Box 8/Folder 13) : [59 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, Connecticut & Vermont line, Erie & Michigan line, finances, construction of lines, Canadian lines, Troy & Whitehall line.

HIGHLIGHTS:

October 11, 1848. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell:
"In politicks the Free soilers brag the most but I have the utmost confidence that Old Zach will carry the county of Tompkins & State of N.Y. and hope he will sweep the stakes in Ohio."

October 12, 1848. J.J. Speed to Ezra Cornell from Detroit:
"...I wanted their thousand dollars to silence some of the men who are bawling about their pay for poles & board bills; but I can fight them off as I have done. I hardly think they will cut our poles down, altho they threaten to do so, and I think they have actually cut the wire a number of times..."

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Speed, J.J.; Cornell, E.B.; Bristol, John S.

October 20, 1848 - October 28, 1848 (Box 8/Folder 14) : [54 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, auxiliary lines, finances, Erie & Michigan line, stock subscriptions, New-York & Erie line, construction of lines, Canadian lines, O'Reilly conflict.

HIGHLIGHTS:

October 24, 1848. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell:
"Yesterday I staked off the ground on the hill for an orchard. I want to get 1000 apple trees agrowing."

PLACES:

Detroit.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Cutter, Isaac H.; Tillotson, D.T.; Cornell, E.B.; Bristol, John S.; Wood, O.S.

October 28, 1848 - November 1, 1848 (Box 8/Folder 15) : [24 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: stock subscriptions, materials and supplies, Erie & Michigan line, Connecticut & Vermont line, finances.

HIGHLIGHTS:

October 29, 1848. Alonzo B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell:
"I think during election we shall pretty nearly if not quite have our hands full to attend to election news and our regular business also..."

PLACES:

Buffalo; Cleveland.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Cornell, John H.; Smith, F.O.J.

November 2, 1848 - November 8, 1848 (Box 8/Folder 16) : [21 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, Connecticut & Vermont line, construction of lines, New-York & Erie line.

HIGHLIGHTS:

November 5, 1848. E.B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell:
"I think it a pretty hard case that after a person earns money it is such hard work to get it. I don't want to complain but I feel as though I ought to have my pay just as promptly as any of the hands."

PLACES:

Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Allen, Oliver E.; Cornell, E.B.; Bristol, John S.

November 9, 1848 - November 14, 1848 (Box 8/Folder 17) : [45 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: New-York & Erie line, materials and supplies, Erie & Michigan line, finances, Ithaca & Auburn line, Canadian lines.

HIGHLIGHTS:

November 9, 1848. Letter from John H. Cornell to Ezra Cornell proposing that he carry on the pottery business in Ithaca.

November 10, 1848. J.J. Speed to Ezra Cornell from Cleveland:
"Allow me to congratulate you on two important events, first the election of old Zack, and second, but not less important, the fact that we have this day worked through for the first time from Detroit to Buffalo as well as we ever worked from here to Buffalo - the Erie & Michigan line is now complete with thirty poles to the mile and every cap on and works as beautifully as any line ever did..."

PLACES:

Albion; Detroit; Cleveland; Fredonia, N.Y.; Newburgh, N.Y.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Cornell, John H.; Faxton, Theodore; Tillotson, D.T.; Speed, J.J.; Dunham, J.; Cornell, E.B.; Wood, O.S.

November 15, 1848 - November 23, 1848 (Box 8/Folder 18) : [76 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: New-York & Erie line, construction of lines, finances, materials and supplies, Speed's new caps, Canadian lines, Ithaca & Auburn line, Connecticut line, Erie & Michigan line.

HIGHLIGHTS:

November 16, 1848. F.O.J. Smith to Ezra Cornell concerning insulators, telegraph conflicts, Henry O'Reilly, and Theodore Faxton.

November 23, 1848. J.J. Speed in Detroit to Ezra Cornell:
"The wolverines have been keeping Thanksgiving today and have consequently done but about half the usual amt. of business.
"I see that Judge Monroe of Kentucky has ordered the Marshall to cut down O'Reilly's poles - is not that a new remedy in law? I wish we had a Judge Monroe here."

PLACES:

Detroit; Chicago.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, E.B.; Cornell, John H.; Bristol, John S.; Allen, Oliver E.; Smith, F.O.J.; Dunham, J.; Speed, J.J.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Wood, O.S.; Backus, A., Jr.; Jackson, Tower.