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Series I. Correspondence: December 22, 1853 - July 26, 1854 (Box 15)

December 22, 1853 - January 12, 1854 (Box 15/Folder 1) : [55 digital images]

TOPICS:

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

HIGHLIGHTS:

January 5, 1854. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell describing a train trip to the west:
"I received an invitation from Mr. Tubbs to go to the 'Grand Concert of Madame Sontag' who was to appear for the first time on the Cleveland 'boards' -- I accepted, the house was crowded, and the audience have marked evidence of their satisfaction. The pieces were Italian and French excepting 'Home Sweet Home' which was so distorted by artistic skill that it made me nervous."

Ezra Cornell's account of the origins of the Cornell-Speed partnership in the telegraph business.

January 8, 1854. Mary Ann Cornell to Ezra Cornell recounting her trip via steamer and stage to Syracuse for a wedding.

PLACES:

Ithaca; Chicago; Fall Creek; Indiana.

PEOPLE:

Delano, W.J.; O'Reilly, Henry; Cornell, Mary Ann; Cornell, Alonzo B.

January 14, 1854 - January 26, 1854 (Box 15/Folder 2) : [50 digital images]

TOPICS:

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

PLACES:

Indiana; Ohio.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, E.B.; O'Reilly, Henry; Cornell, E.S.

January 27, 1854 - February 20, 1854 (Box 15/Folder 3) : [54 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, western lines, adjudication of telegraph disputes, transfer of patents; smallpox; American Telegraph Confederation.

HIGHLIGHTS:

January 27, 1854. Mary C. Robertson to Ezra Cornell:
"Jane says Brother E.B. is in the lottery business some this winter which surprises me very much. I don't know but its honorable business in N.Y. State."

PEOPLE:

Robertson, Mary C.; Wood, M.B.; Morse, Samuel F.B.; Speed, J.J.

February 21, 1854 - March 11, 1854 (Box 15/Folder 4) : [55 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, western lines; House Line.

HIGHLIGHTS:

March 5, 1854. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell describing a journey west, and plans for the farm in Ithaca.

PLACES:

Indianapolis.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Franklin C.; Wood, Phebe; Cornell, John H.; Cornell, Mary Ann.

March 12, 1854 - March 26, 1854 (Box 15/Folder 5) : [64 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, western lines, transfer of lines; legal suits.

HIGHLIGHTS:

March 19, 1854. Mary Ann Cornell to Ezra Cornell:
"...I most sincerely hope that you will finally succeed in geting together enough of this worlds goods so that you can finally make up yuir mind to settle down on some nice spot and enjoy the comforts of 'home sweet home' with your family. Oh, how happy I should be if it could be so, my dear little do you know the many lonely hours I have passed in your twelve years of absence from home, the cares and anxieties of home all resting on me and the still more anxious care for one I loved dearer than life itself..."

March 24, 1854. Amos Kendall to Ezra Cornell:
"I regret to learn that you and Mr. Wade do not get along amiably. These quarrels kill the telegraph; and no sooner is one quieted than another springs up."

March 26, 1854. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell:
"I rejoice that the Great State of N.Y. has granted her sons at last the justice, though tardy, of a prohibitory liquor law; it will save the rising generation if it does not rescue those who are already on the...plain of inebriacy."

PLACES:

Ithaca; Indiana.

PEOPLE:

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

March 27, 1854 - April 12, 1854 (Box 15/Folder 6) : [58 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, western lines, patent rights, transfer of patents.

HIGHLIGHTS:

April 9, 1854. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell from Chicago, describing conditions aboard a crowded train, and the benefits of wholesome air.

PLACES:

Michigan; Indiana.

PEOPLE:

Wood, Phebe; Kendall, Amos; Cornell, Ellen.

April 13, 1854 - April 22, 1854 (Box 15/Folder 7) : [52 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, western lines, transfer of lines and stock.

PLACES:

Indiana.

PEOPLE:

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

April 23, 1854 - May 20, 1854 (Box 15/Folder 8) : [57 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, western lines, transfer of lines and stock; Speed's unapproved sale of telegraph stock and lines.

PLACES:

Indiana.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Kendall, Amos; Cambridge, Livingston.

May 21, 1854 - May 30, 1854 (Box 15/Folder 9) : [55 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, western lines, transfer of lines and stock; Speed's unapproved sale of telegraph stock and lines.

PLACES:

Indiana.

PEOPLE:

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

June 1, 1854 - June 9, 1854 (Box 15/Folder 10) : [54 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, western lines; Speed's unapproved sale of telegraph stock and lines.

HIGHLIGHTS:

June 1, 1854. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell:
"This act of perfidy of Speed & W[ade] will lead to new combinations, whether the plans they had formed will all mature, or whether the frosts of treachery may not nip some of them in the bud remains to be seen, I should not be surprised if the latter was the fact."

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Mary Ann; Speed, J.J.

June 10, 1854 - June 23, 1854 (Box 15/Folder 11) : [53 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, western lines; Speed's unapproved sale of telegraph stock and lines.

PEOPLE:

Wood, Otis E.; Cornell, E.S.; Cornell, Mary Ann; Read, James H.

June 25, 1854 - July 8, 1854 (Box 15/Folder 12) : [39 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, western lines; Speed's unapproved sale of telegraph stock and lines; Erie & Michigan Telegraph Company.

HIGHLIGHTS:

June 27, 1854. Amos Kendall to Ezra Cornell:
"I am disposed to act with you in carrying out, as far as we can, the arrangements of June 1853 and in punishing the conspirators by whom both you and my principal [S.F.B. Morse] have been betrayed and defrauded."

PEOPLE:

Kendall, Amos; Read, James H.

July 11, 1854 - July 26, 1854 (Box 15/Folder 13) : [53 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, western lines; Speed's unapproved sale of telegraph stock and lines; Erie & Michigan Telegraph Company.

HIGHLIGHTS:

July 18, 1854. J.J. Speed to J.H. Wade concerning the sale of western lines.

PEOPLE:

Read, James H.; Speed, J.J.; Wade, J.H.