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Series I. Correspondence: March 2, 1853 - December 20, 1853 (Box 14)

March 2, 1853 - March 31, 1853 (Box 14/Folder 1) : [81 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, consolidation of lines, transfer of lines, patents and contracts, western lines; Telegraph Convention in Indianapolis.

HIGHLIGHTS:

March 7, 1853. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell describing a trip from Ithaca to Indianapolis via Cincinnati.

March 20, 1853. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell:
"Hard cider is fast retreating before the colums of the 'cold water army.' The Sons & Daughters of temperance are marching on to a sure and glorious victory."

PLACES:

Indianapolis; Indiana.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Cornell, Mary Ann; Mann, Donald; Wade, J.H.; Speed, J.J.; Delano, W.J.; O'Reilly, Henry; Haviland, J.; Kendall, Amos.

April 1, 1853 - April 25, 1853 (Box 14/Folder 2) : [65 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, consolidation of lines, transfer of lines, patents and contracts, western lines; Ithaca land.

HIGHLIGHTS:

April 24, 1853. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell:
"The history of Telegraph has therefor been a history of wars, and there are many of those contests unsettled..."

PLACES:

Fall Creek.

PEOPLE:

Wood, Phebe; Smith, F.O.J.; Kendall, Amos; O'Reilly, Henry; Delano, W.J.; Wood, M.B.; Morse, Samuel F.B.

April 26, 1853 - May 18, 1853 (Box 14/Folder 3) : [59 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, consolidation of lines, transfer of lines, patents and contracts, western lines.

PLACES:

Indiana; Montreal; Chicago; Fall Creek.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Mary Ann; Wood, O.S.; Chester, E.W.

May 20, 1853 - July 4, 1853 (Box 14/Folder 4) : [60 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, consolidation of lines, transfer of lines, patents and contracts, western lines.

PLACES:

Indiana.

PEOPLE:

O'Reilly, Henry; Chester, E.W.; Speed, C.H.

July 15, 1853 - July 31, 1853 (Box 14/Folder 5) : [62 digital images]

TOPICS:

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

HIGHLIGHTS:

July 21, 1853. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell from Chicago:
"There are some six hundred to a thousand Odd Fellows in the city from other parts of the state and they are having a celebration - a procession this P.M."

PLACES:

Indiana; Indianapolis.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Mary Ann; Speed, C.H.; Chester, E.W.

August 1, 1853 - August 16, 1853 (Box 14/Folder 6) : [67 digital images]

TOPICS:

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

PEOPLE:

Speed, C.H.; Speed, J.J.

August 20, 1853 - September 8, 1853 (Box 14/Folder 7) : [53 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, western lines, materials and supplies, transfer of lines, consolidation of lines; account of a family trip west; Ithaca land.

PLACES:

Ithaca.

September 10, 1853 - September 26, 1853 (Box 14/Folder 8) : [56 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations; Ithaca land; extracts and transcripts of F.O.J. Smith letters.

HIGHLIGHTS:

September 19, 1853. D.B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell:
"I...write again to ask what kind of employment you could give me and where would it and so forth if I should abandon the Idea of going to the gold diggins. My mind has been so unsettled since Maria's Death that I could hardly tell what I was going to do."

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Mary Ann; Speed, J.J.; Cornell, D.B.; Smith, F.O.J.

September 27, 1853 - October 13, 1853 (Box 14/Folder 9) : [58 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations.

PEOPLE:

Gordon, D.P.

October 15, 1853 - October 31, 1853 (Box 14/Folder 10) : [42 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, western lines.

PLACES:

Indiana; Ohio; Ithaca.

November 1, 1853 - November 16, 1853 (Box 14/Folder 11) : [55 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, western lines, consolidation of lines, transfer of lines; Union Telegraph, Speed and O'Reilly Lines.

HIGHLIGHTS:

November 5, 1853. J.J. Speed to Ezra Cornell:
"I think it probable that O'R has got [...] & may give us some trouble, in consequence of not carrying out his darling project of a grand consolidated Company, making him Pres't with a salary of five thousand dollars."

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Cornell, Mary Ann; Kendall, Amos.

November 17, 1853 - December 5, 1853 (Box 14/Folder 12) : [50 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, western lines, consolidation of lines.

HIGHLIGHTS:

December 1, 1853. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell:
"This is destined to be a great city. Chicago has now a population of over 50 thousand population and this will double and quadruple as rapedly as that of any other city of the union."

PLACES:

Chicago.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Mary Ann.

December 6, 1853 - December 20, 1853 (Box 14/Folder 13) : [38 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, western lines; American Telegraph Confederation.

HIGHLIGHTS:

December 6, 1853. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell:
"I have had some tooth ache this P.M. in an old snag that was left some ten years ago, when I went to Ithaca at midnight with Dennis McCoy the Irishman to hold my head. You may recollect the history of that terable night. Dr Miles (I think) pulled on it 3 times with his entire strength, and as offin the irons broke loos. The fourth pull broke the tooth taking the tooth with one prong out, and a piece of the jaw with it."

PEOPLE:

Bristol, John S.; Cornell, Mary Ann.