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Series I. Correspondence: November 24, 1848 - June 10, 1849 (Box 9)

November 24, 1848 - November 30, 1848 (Box 9/Folder 1) : [60 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, stock subscriptions, materials and supplies, New-York & Erie Telegraph Company.

HIGHLIGHTS:

November 29, 1848. D.T. Tillotson to E.B. Cornell:
"The office at Jefferson was opened today, and the two Lakes kiss each other by 'Lightning'."

PLACES:

Cleveland; Ithaca; Fredonia.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Speed, J.J.; Smith, F.O.J.; Wood, Phebe; Risley, William; Beebe, Jeremiah S.; Tillotson, D.T.

December 1, 1848 - December 13, 1848 (Box 9/Folder 2) : [67 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, disputes concerning western lines.

HIGHLIGHTS:

December 4, 1848. Samuel F.B. Morse to Ezra Cornell:
"You cannot complain that I have been hard with you, as surely I am not to blame for the unprincipled conduct of those pirates who are leaving no stone unturned to rob me in every way. Please send me the number of miles you and Speed have erected I wish it to oppose to O'Reilly's boast."

December 10, 1848. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell on the settlement of the O'Reilly controversy.

December 12, 1848. J.J. Speed to Ezra Cornell on the financial resolution of the O'Reilly controversy.

PLACES:

Detroit; Michigan; Montreal.

PEOPLE:

Allen, Oliver E.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Speed, J.J.; O'Reilly, Henry; Smith, F.O.J.; Cornell, E.B.; Cornell, John H.; Wood, M.B.; Wood, O.S.; Morse, Samuel F.B.

December 14, 1848 - December 29, 1848 (Box 9/Folder 3) : [57 digital images]

TOPICS:

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

HIGHLIGHTS:

December 14, 1848. Horace Palmer to Alonzo B. Cornell concerning women, "theatres," and lost love.

December 18, 1848. Douglass Boardman to Ezra Cornell:
"The operator at Jefferson was directed by some one to teach no one the art of Telegraphic writing while at Jefferson. Believing this to be against the future interests of the Company I directed him to teach any one all he knew about it and no member of the Company would object."

December 20, 1848. J.H. McFarland to Ezra Cornell:
"The New York Albany and Buffalo Line refuse to send coms orginating on our line & addressed to points on that line unless we pay their tariff."

December 21, 1848. H.C. Gilbert to Ezra Cornell:
"The language of your letter of the 18th is really astonishing & unreasonable."

PLACES:

Cleveland; Ithaca; Auburn, N.Y.; Detroit.

PEOPLE:

Tillotson, D.T.; Palmer, Horace; Bristol, John S.; Speed, J.J.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Boardman, Douglass; MacFarland, J.H.; Gilbert, H.C.; Cornell, E.B.; Wood, M.L.; Wilson, William Duane; Wood, Otis E.

December 31, 1848 - January 7, 1849 (Box 9/Folder 4) : [74 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, finances, western lines, stock subscriptions, conflict with O'Reilly's lines, patent rights.

HIGHLIGHTS:

December 31, 1848. Alonzo B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell:
"I see the cholera is approaching the Lakes on every side, both east and south. It is now in Cincinnatti & all the way up the Miss. now."

December 31, 1848. Jane Cornell to Ezra Cornell:
"Ezra I believe you belong to the "Sons of Temperance" and if so I will inform you that there has been a society organized in Albion called "Daughters of Temperance" and that Phebe and I have joined and like it first rate."

January 2, 1849. Jane Cornell to Ezra Cornell:
"...I have nothing to dress in on that occasion, that is I have no dress that will answer to appear on the stage in. All the young ladies will appear in silk or merino and as I have nothing but a delaine that I have had above a year, I thought that I would write you the circumstances and trust to your generosity in helping me procure one."

PLACES:

Cleveland; Albion.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Cornell, Jane; Allen, Oliver E.; Speed, J.J.

January 8, 1849 - January 24, 1849 (Box 9/Folder 5) : [68 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, finances, western lines, conflict with O'Reilly's lines, stocks, patent rights; cholera.

HIGHLIGHTS:

January 17, 1849. J.J. Speed to Ezra Cornell:
"We must have a line from St. Louis to Fort Independence, and ultimately to the great Commercial Emporium on the Pacific, at the bay of San Francisco. If the 'gold diggins' are what they are cracked up to be, there will be a city at San Francisco of more than one hundred thousand inhabitants in less than ten years, Whitneys RRoad will be built and the telegraph along side of it."

PLACES:

Detroit; Cleveland.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Speed, J.J.; O'Reilly, Henry; Tillotson, D.T.

January 25, 1849 - February 9, 1849 (Box 9/Folder 6) : [63 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, finances, western lines, proposed line (Cuba), disputes concerning western lines, O'Reilly's proposed lines; cholera; gold fever.

HIGHLIGHTS:

January 27, 1849. Alonzo B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell:
"The people are not, in this part of the country, a quarter so much excited about the Cholera as the Gold fever."

PLACES:

Detroit; Cleveland.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, E.B.; Wood, O.S.; O'Reilly, Henry; Speed, J.J.; Bristol, John S.; Hoyt, Byron B.; Nutter, J.; Tillotson, D.T.; Cornell, Alonzo B.

February 10, 1849 - February 28, 1849 (Box 9/Folder 7) : [76 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, finances, new lines, patent rights, western lines, Connecticut & Vermont line; gold fever.

PLACES:

Massachusetts; New York City; Detroit; Montreal.

PEOPLE:

Bristol, John S.; Bulkley, Charles S.; Beebe, Jeremiah S.; Tillotson, D.T.; Speed, J.J.; Smith, F.O.J.; Wood, O.S.

March 2, 1849 - March 20, 1849 (Box 9/Folder 8) : [67 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, finances, western lines, conflict with O'Reilly's lines, new lines, stocks.

HIGHLIGHTS:

March 10, 15, and 17, 1849. J.J. Speed's experiments and speculations concerning telegraph science.

PLACES:

Detroit; New York City; Ithaca; Fredonia.

PEOPLE:

Bristol, John S.; Smith, F.O.J.; Briggs, Amos; Speed, J.J.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Dunham, J.; Cobb, Emory.

March 20, 1849 - March 31, 1849 (Box 9/Folder 9) : [42 digital images]

TOPICS:

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

HIGHLIGHTS:

March 28, 1849. J.J. Speed on telegraph technology and Morse's patent.

PLACES:

Fredonia; Detroit.

PEOPLE:

Tillotson, D.T.; Speed, J.J.; Park, J.D.; Cornell, Jane; Pew, W.P.

April 2, 1849 - April 18, 1849 (Box 9/Folder 10) : [42 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, finances, western lines, conflict with O'Reilly's lines, Erie & Michigan line.

HIGHLIGHTS:

April 13, 1849. J.J. Speed's experiments and speculations concerning telegraph science.

April 15, 1849. Jane Cornell to Ezra Cornell:
"Mary has left of doctoring with a Botanic Doctor, and is taking Myres Sarsaparilla Dandelion & Wild-cherry extract..."

PLACES:

Detroit.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Cornell, Jane; Briggs, Amos; Cornell, E.S.; Cornell, John H.

April 19, 1849 - April 30, 1849 (Box 9/Folder 11) : [45 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, finances, western lines, conflict with O'Reilly's lines, new lines.

HIGHLIGHTS:

April 23, 1849. J.J. Speed to Ezra Cornell:
"O'Reilly now refuses to take coms from us to go South from any place where they have an office. Shall we refuse to take coms from them going West? If anything is left to my discretion I give you notice now, that my propensities are decidedly for war."

Also, April 23, 27, 28, 30, 1849: J.J. Speed's speculations concerning telegraph science.

April 29, 1849. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell on temperance.

PEOPLE:

McFarland, J.H.; Wood, O.S.; Speed, J.J.

May 1, 1849 - May 18, 1849 (Box 9/Folder 12) : [66 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, finances, western lines, rates, conflict with O'Reilly's lines, Canadian lines.

HIGHLIGHTS:

May 6, 1849. J.J. Speed's speculations concerning telegraph science.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Beebe, Jeremiah S.; Hicks, Charles C.; Allen, Oliver E.

May 19, 1849 - June 4, 1849 (Box 9/Folder 13) : [55 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, western lines, stock subscriptions, conflict with O'Reilly's lines, Canadian lines.

HIGHLIGHTS:

May 19, 1849. J.J. Speed to Ezra Cornell:
"...our operators here had been supoened to give evidence in relation to private business sent over the line."

May 28, 1849. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell:
"...as I have got Fall Creek, I shall have to stay at home and attend to it, and you will have to become Captain General of the lightning."

June 6, 1849. Ezra Cornell to D.T. Tillotson:
"...after talking with O'Reilly a short time, Mann said he became convinced that they wished him to engage in a swindling operation to fleece his neighbours & friends..."

PLACES:

Milwaukee; Ithaca; Indiana; Ohio.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Jackson, Tower; Lee, John J.S.

June 5, 1849 - June 20, 1849 (Box 9/Folder 14) : [83 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, finances, stock subscriptions, western lines, conflict with O'Reilly's lines.

PLACES:

Connecticut; Ohio.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Beebe, Jeremiah S.