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Series I. Correspondence: July 27, 1854 - February 16, 1855 (Box 16)

July 27, 1854 - August 15, 1854 (Box 16/Folder 1) : [51 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, pipelayer and underground telegraph, office operations; Ezra Cornell's ill health and treatment.

HIGHLIGHTS:

July 27, 1854. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell from Detroit concerning underground telegraph, family news and health, and instructions to Ellen on the care of the children in Ezra and Mary Ann's absence.

PLACES:

Detroit; Ithaca; Logansport, In.; Indiana.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Cornell, Mary Ann; Cobb, Emory.

August 16, 1854 - August 31, 1854 (Box 16/Folder 2) : [54 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: office operations, finances, consolidation of companies, Ohio, Indiana & Illinois line.

HIGHLIGHTS:

August 20, 1854. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann from Indianapolis reporting on his health and discussing the treatment received for his condition.

August 27, 1854. Ezra Cornell, Mary Emily Cornell, Mary C. Robertson and M.B. Wood to Mary Ann Cornell from Albion sharing family news.

PLACES:

Indianapolis; Indiana.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Mary Ann; Curtiss, George; Pew, W.P.; Robertson, Mary C.; Wood, M.B.; Cornell, Mary Emily.

September 1, 1854 - September 7, 1854 (Box 16/Folder 3) : [37 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: office operations, finances; Erie & Michigan Telegraph Company; cholera.

HIGHLIGHTS:

September 2, 1854. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann from Detroit:
"It is very sickly about Albion for such as have defective constitutions or shattered health, and many deaths have occurred..."

Family news.

September 3, 1854. Amos Kendall to Ezra Cornell reporting on telegraph business in New York and possible consolidation of lines.

PLACES:

Detroit; Albion.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Mary Ann; Kendall, Amos; Cornell, Molly; Cornell, Alonzo B.

September 8, 1854 - September 17, 1854 (Box 16/Folder 4) : [52 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, stocks, office operations, business conflicts with House and Wade, consolidation of lines.

HIGHLIGHTS:

September 8, 1854. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann from Michigan City:
"Speed and Wades effort at my distruction by their diabolical sale to the enemy has proved a signal failure on their part, and will produce them a harvest of curses from the verry men who were to reap the golden apple of their treachery."

Ezra Cornell's health, telegraph business, and reflections upon his persevering and succeeding in the business despite Mary Ann's father's advice to pursue other things.

PLACES:

Indianapolis; Wisconsin; Indiana.

PEOPLE:

Smith, F.O.J.; Cornell, Mary Ann; Speed, J.J.; Tillotson, D.T.; Pew, W.P.

September 18, 1854 - September 29, 1854 (Box 16/Folder 5) : [62 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: office operations, finances.

HIGHLIGHTS:

September 22, 1854. E.B. Sadler to Ezra Cornell concerning F.O.J. Smith's claims.

September 24, 1854. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann from Michigan City:
"I wish you was here with me, I am not as well used when alone as when you are with me, I dont get as good a room, nor as clean a bed, I dont get called to my meals as early or by as pleasant a messenger, and at table I have to wate longer before being wated upon. All those ills are incident to being alone every one of which would banish before the magic presence of a woman."

Attempts to persuade Mary Ann and Emma to join him and discussion of the advantages of traveling during the winter.

PLACES:

Michigan; Indiana; Ohio.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Mary Ann; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Pew, W.P.; Livingston, Cambridge; Cornell, John H.; Sadler, E.B.; Haviland, J.

September 30, 1854 - October 19, 1854 (Box 16/Folder 6) : [52 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: office operations, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois line, finances, new western lines.

HIGHLIGHTS:

October 6, 1854. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann from Chicago concerning family news from Michigan, telegraph business, and New York politics with reference to "fusion."

PLACES:

Indiana; Ohio; Illinois.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Pew, W.P.; Cornell, Mary Ann; Tillotson, D.T.; Hopkins, P.A.; Faxton, Theodore.

October 20, 1854 - November 2, 1854 (Box 16/Folder 7) : [54 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: office operations, Ohio, Indiana & Illinois line, finances.

HIGHLIGHTS:

October, 20, 1854. George Curtiss of the New York, Albany and Buffalo Telegraph Company to Ezra Cornell requesting that a meeting be held to discuss a permanent Western connection.

PLACES:

Indiana; Ohio; Illinois.

PEOPLE:

Curtiss, George; Speed, J.J.; Pew, W.P.; Cornell, D.B.; Cornell, Mary Ann; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Hopkins, P.A.

November 3, 1854 - November 15, 1854 (Box 16/Folder 8) : [52 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: office operations, Erie & Michigan line, finances; Southern Michigan Telegraph Company.

PLACES:

Utica; Indiana.

PEOPLE:

Pew, W.P.; Cornell, D.B.; Haviland, J.; Curtiss, George; Faxton, Theodore; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Caton, J.D.

November 16, 1854 - November 24, 1854 (Box 16/Folder 9) : [51 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: office operations, finances, stock purchases.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Cornell, D.B.; Skinner, G.W.; Curtiss, George.

November 25, 1854 - December 12, 1854 (Box 16/Folder 10) : [61 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: office operations, finances; House Company.

PLACES:

Montreal; Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Cobb, Emory; Wood, O.S.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Cornell, D.B.

December 14, 1854 - December 26, 1854 (Box 16/Folder 11) : [54 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, stock, office operations, consolidation of lines; Erie & Michigan Telegraph Company; House Company.

HIGHLIGHTS:

December 14, 1854. Alonzo B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell discussing finances and Ithaca real estate holdings.

December 15, 1854. Amos Kendall to Ezra Cornell concerning telegraph business and the actions of the House people.

December 17, 1854. Franklin C. Cornell to Ezra Cornell:
"I am going to school this winter to try to finish my education so that I can be of some help to you. Next time you write to me I want you to tell me what you want me to go at in the spring for I want to begin to make some calculation on it."

PLACES:

Indianapolis; Ithaca; Detroit.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Pew, W.P.; Kendall, Amos; Speed, J.J.; Cornell, Franklin C.; Curtiss, George; Haas, J.; Cornell, D.B.; Cornell, John H.

December 30, 1854 - January 17, 1855 (Box 16/Folder 12) : [73 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: office operations, finances, Erie & Michigan line, stock, Southern Michigan line; House Company.

PLACES:

Albion; Ithaca; Albany; Boston.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, D.B.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Cobb, Emory; Beebe, Jeremiah S.; Kendall, Amos; Cornell, Mary Ann; Curtiss, George; Cornell, John H.; Wade, J.H.; Haas, J.; Hopkins, P.A.

January 18, 1855 - January 30, 1855 (Box 16/Folder 13) : [61 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: office operations, finances, Cleveland, Wheeling and Zanesville line, Ezra Cornell's settlement with Speed, stocks; House Company.

HIGHLIGHTS:

January 21, 1855. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell:
"Speed evident regrets his treachery toards me and proffers his services, to aid me in any way that I can suggest and at any time that his services can be available. I rarely get cheated twice by the same person."

January 30, 1855. Ezra Cornell to Franklin C. Cornell:
"I hope if you decide to go to school that you will make up your mind to spend your time profitably, remember that knowledge is power."

PLACES:

Albion; Utica.

PEOPLE:

Haas, J.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Curtiss, George; Hopkins, P.A.; Cornell, Mary Ann; Beebe, Jeremiah S.; Chace, Rebecca; Pew, W.P.; Cornell, Franklin C.

January 31, 1855 - February 16, 1855 (Box 16/Folder 14) : [60 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: Erie & Michigan line, finances, Ohio, Indiana & Illinois line, Southern Michigan line, western lines, office operations; House Company.

PLACES:

Albion; Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Franklin C.; Cornell, Mary Ann; Elwood, Isaac R.; Kendall, Amos; Wood, O.S.; Draper, J.S.