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Series I. Correspondence: March 1, 1850 - December 30, 1850 (Box 11)

March 1, 1850 - March 29, 1850 (Box 11/Folder 1) : [54 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, patent rights, stocks, finances; New-York & Erie Telegraph Association.

PLACES:

Ohio; New York City; Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Mowrey, LeRoy; Tillotson, D.T.; Cornell, E.B.

March 30, 1850 - April 15, 1850 (Box 11/Folder 2) : [57 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, patent disputes, stocks, finances; Magnetic Telegraph Company.

PLACES:

New York City.

PEOPLE:

Smith, F.O.J.; Speed, J.J.; Morse, Samuel F.B.

April 16, 1850 - May 8, 1850 (Box 11/Folder 3) : [69 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, patent disputes, stocks, finances.

HIGHLIGHTS:

April 20, 1850. Alonzo B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell:
"I am very sorry to hear that you are so strained in your money matters. Though it is not very much to be wondered at considering from whence you expect money."

April 1850. Letters from Speed describing possible improvements to telegraph technology, and a method of preventing steam boilers from exploding.

PLACES:

Detroit; Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Speed, J.J.

May 9, 1850 - May 22, 1850 (Box 11/Folder 4) : [48 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, finances.

HIGHLIGHTS:

May 18, 1850. Statement describing the operations of the New York telegraph station, including transcriptions of messages and comment on illicit use of the line.

PLACES:

New York City.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Wood, M.L.

May 25, 1850 - June 11, 1850 (Box 11/Folder 5) : [54 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, finances, New York City operations, Erie & Michigan line.

HIGHLIGHTS:

May 27, 1850. Letter from Speed describing possible improvements to telegraph technology.

PLACES:

Ithaca; New York City; Fredonia.

PEOPLE:

Tyler, A.L.; Robinson, Charles B.; Speed, J.J.; Beebe, Jeremiah S.

June 12, 1850 - July 4, 1850 (Box 11/Folder 6) : [43 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: materials and supplies, finances, New York City operations, stocks.

PLACES:

New York City.

PEOPLE:

Robinson, Charles B.; Kendall, Amos; Smith, F.O.J.; Bagley, B.; Speed, J.J.

July 5, 1850 - July 19, 1850 (Box 11/Folder 7) : [57 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, disputes concerning western lines.

HIGHLIGHTS:

July 17, 1850. J.J. Speed to Ezra Cornell:
"If the experience of the past is any criterion for the future, the grim specter poverty will always stand staring me in the face. At all events I have to meet his ugly visage daily..."

PLACES:

Detroit; New York City.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Robinson, Charles B.; Faxton, Theodore; Beebe, Jeremiah S.; Ely, Charles.

July 20, 1850 - July 31, 1850 (Box 11/Folder 8) : [32 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, materials and supplies, stock subscriptions; Ithaca real estate.

PLACES:

Ithaca; New York City.

PEOPLE:

Munn, W.H.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Beebe, Jeremiah S.; Speed, J.J.

August 1, 1850 - August 28, 1850 (Box 11/Folder 9) : [84 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, materials and supplies, disputes concerning western lines, difficulties and breakdowns of lines, rates; New-York & Erie Telegraph Company; wheat.

PEOPLE:

Ely, Charles; Tillotson, D.T.; Hotchkiss, S.W.; Speed, J.J.; Vail, Hector; Tillotson, D.T.

August 29, 1850 - September 20, 1850 (Box 11/Folder 10) : [68 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, materials and supplies.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Robinson, Charles B.; Wood, M.B.; Vail, Hector; Tillotson, D.T.

September 21, 1850 - November 1, 1850 (Box 11/Folder 11) : [81 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, materials and supplies.

HIGHLIGHTS:

October 2, 1850. Miscellaneous telegraph transcriptions, including account of Utah Indians/Snake Indians battle.

PLACES:

Connecticut.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.

November 2, 1850 - November 25, 1850 (Box 11/Folder 12) : [43 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, materials and supplies.

PLACES:

New York City; Newburgh.

PEOPLE:

Robinson, Charles B.; Tillotson, D.T.; Ingersoll, Charles M.; Speed, J.J.; Smith, F.O.J.

November 26, 1850 - December 13, 1850 (Box 11/Folder 13) : [46 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, materials and supplies.

HIGHLIGHTS:

November 30, 1850. J.J. Speed to Ezra Cornell:
"I have generally looked on the bright side of the picture, and believed the good time was coming; but since you was here, I have been more discouraged than I have ever been before. The debts unpaid at F, and the bitter curses heaped upon the Telegraph..."

December 5, 1850. Jeremiah S. Beebe to Ezra Cornell:
"The constant habit of smoking in the office keeps me sick at the stomach, and has frequently driven me to the street. It is much more like a bar room of a small tavern than a place of business."

December 5, 1850. Charles Robinson to Ezra Cornell:
"I understand (Mr. Beebe) has written you about the office being like a bar room - I deny this. I should not, were it not through respect to you, allow Mr. Beebe in the office as he is often under the influence of liquor..."

PLACES:

Newburgh; New York City.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Ingersoll, Charles M.; Beebe, Jeremiah S.; Robinson, Charles B.; Ely, Charles; Dunham, J.

December 15, 1850 - December 30, 1850 (Box 11/Folder 14) : [61 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, materials and supplies.

HIGHLIGHTS:

December 9, 1850. J.J. Speed to Stephen Munn:
"The Telegraph controversy between the Morse Patenters and others has been postponed from time to time or decided against the Morse Patents..."

December 24, 1850. O.S. Wood to Ezra Cornell on Ithacaland, the DeWitt Farm, and the family.

PLACES:

Detroit; Newburgh; Ithaca; Montreal.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Ingersoll, Charles M.; Minot, Charles; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Bristol, John S.; Beebe, Jeremiah S.; Wood, O.S.