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Series I. Correspondence: February 19, 1855 - January 10, 1856 (Box 17)

February 19, 1855 - March 21, 1855 (Box 17/Folder 1) : [70 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: office operations, western lines; Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois Telegraph Company.

HIGHLIGHTS:

March 10, 1855. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell from Albion:
"Last saturday one of the cars got thrown off the track in which was four of my men, one of them was so injured that he died yesterday. He leaves a wife, who will soon have an heir."

March 15, 1855. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell:
"Tell mother & Emma that I look at their daguerratype frequently and think it is the prettyest picture."

March 17, 1855. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell:
"...it was a California show, going to California, a panorama of an over land trip to California where you can 'see the Eliphant for two dimes'..."

PLACES:

Michigan.

PEOPLE:

Wood, M.B.; Cornell, Mary Ann; Cornell, Alonzo B.

March 22, 1855 - April 10, 1855 (Box 17/Folder 2) : [65 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: refinancing of stock, office operations, western lines, Ely judgment; Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois Telegraph Company; smallpox.

HIGHLIGHTS:

March 31, 1855. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell:
"...I have a sharp corner to work out of, that Ely judgment is 3471.88. I have got permission to draw on Mr. Chester for $2,500..."

PLACES:

Indiana; Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Beebe, Jeremiah S.; Cornell, D.B.; Wells, Henry.

April 11, 1855 - May 1, 1855 (Box 17/Folder 3) : [62 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: refinancing of stock, office operations, western lines, Ely judgment; Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois Telegraph Company; Erie & Michigan Telegraph Company; smallpox.

HIGHLIGHTS:

April 12, 1855. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell:
"He may escape as there is not one in twenty who have been vaccinated that take the small-pox on exposure."

April 22, 1855. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell:
"Calista was on her way to Windsor Canada to teach in a school of fugitives. They are sent to Canada as teachers by some society who have the educational welfare of the blacks in Canada under their keeping."

April 29, 1855. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell:
"I see a lot of boys in front of my window gambling with pennies. I hope my boy Perry is better engaged."

PLACES:

Ithaca; Michigan.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Cornell, Mary Ann.

May 2, 1855 - May 12, 1855 (Box 17/Folder 4) : [48 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: refinancing of stock, office operations, western lines, Morse telegraph patent; transfer of lines; Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois Telegraph Company; Erie & Michigan Telegraph Company; Southern Michigan Telegraph Company; House Company; smallpox.

PEOPLE:

Kendall, Amos; Chester, E.W.; Hopkins, P.A.; Cornell, E.B.

May 13, 1855 - May 31, 1855 (Box 17/Folder 5) : [69 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, transfer of lines, western lines, office operations; Southern Michigan Telegraph Company.

HIGHLIGHTS:

May 13, 1855. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell:
"Homeopathy seems to do verry well when there is nothing the matter. It is so nice to take but when I am sick it seems to require the old ugly doses of the 'old butchers' to cure me."

PLACES:

Michigan.

PEOPLE:

Wood, O.S.; Wood, M.B.; Faxton, Theodore; Smith, F.O.J.

June 2, 1855 - June 22, 1855 (Box 17/Folder 6) : [68 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, transfer of lines, western lines; Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois Telegraph Company.

HIGHLIGHTS:

June 7, 1855. Mary Ann Cornell to Ezra Cornell describing unsatisfactory family conditions in Ithaca:
"I wish if money is plenty at the west that you would send me some, as Alonzo is so hard up that I can't get any of him, and I can't well get along without some...I think Ithaca will not hold me long if they go west to live, if your business keeps you there, there is nothing in Ithaca worth living for, and I wish you would sell everything you own here...but if you do come here and try living as I have this thirteen years and then you would be able to judge something about it."

June 10, 1855. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell:
"I will pay your expenses out, that is to say, if you can get some body to advance your expenses out I will refund the money."

June 15, 1855. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell:
"The next great question of the Day is the Know Nothing convention at Phil. that is of great political moment, not because of its Hindooism but because there is some hundreds of ordinarily inteligent men from all sections of the country and they may be persueded to reflect to some extent the feeling of their several communities feelings on the great issue of the day, liberty, or slavery. The Telegraph announces a split in the convention on that question -- this is a favourable sign, it shows that the concience of the north is being quickened, and may be regarded as the death knell to Southern Slave drivers, and Northern dough faces."

PLACES:

Indiana; Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Mary Ann; Cornell, E.S.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Wells, Henry; Curtiss, George.

June 24, 1855 - July 10, 1855 (Box 17/Folder 7) : [76 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, transfer of lines, western lines, stock payments due; Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois Telegraph Company; Southern Michigan Telegraph Company; Erie & Michigan Telegraph Company; Ezra Cornell's broken arm.

HIGHLIGHTS:

July 7, 1855. Ezra Cornell to E.W. Chester describing his railway accident in which his arm was broken and mutilated.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, D.B.; Chace, Rebecca; Cornell, E.B.; Cornell, Mary Emily; Wood, M.B.; Curtiss, George; Cornell, Alonzo B.

July 11, 1855 - July 26, 1855 (Box 17/Folder 8) : [69 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, western lines; New York, Albany & Buffalo Electro Magnetic Telegraph Company.

PEOPLE:

Chester, E.W.

July 27, 1855 - August 16, 1855 (Box 17/Folder 9) : [80 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, western lines, consolidation of lines; New York, Albany & Buffalo Electro Magnetic Telegraph Company.

HIGHLIGHTS:

August 8, 1855. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell from Detroit:
"I came to De this morning to attend meeting leaving mother at Al. Our meeting has resulted in an agreement with House folks to consolidate, they taking $350,000 and we $150,000, we putting in the E&M line, and they putting in the House line 920, the Lake Erie line 600, the House & Morse Patent, and all other interest they have in the west..."

PEOPLE:

Wood, M.B.; Curtiss, George; Makepeace, H.F.; Butts, Isaac.

August 20, 1855 - September 10, 1855 (Box 17/Folder 10) : [55 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, western lines, consolidation of lines; New York, Albany & Buffalo Electro Magnetic Telegraph Company.

PEOPLE:

Curtiss, George.

September 12, 1855 - October 20, 1855 (Box 17/Folder 11) : [76 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, western lines, consolidation of lines; New York, Albany & Buffalo Electro Magnetic Telegraph Company; Erie & Michigan Telegraph Company.

HIGHLIGHTS:

October 18, 1855. Mary Ann Cornell to Ezra Cornell:
"I think you will recollect of giving me fifteen dollars before you left home. I have used it very prudently...and it is all gone but fifty cents."

PLACES:

Rochester; Buffalo; Michigan.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Cornell, Mary Ann.

October 22, 1855 - November 28, 1855 (Box 17/Folder 12) : [78 digital images]

TOPICS:

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

HIGHLIGHTS:

November 18, 1855. Mary Ann Cornell to Ezra Cornell:
"I have never heard of so many suden deaths as I have this fall. It teaches us a powerful lesson on the uncertainty of human life."

PEOPLE:

Beebe, Jeremiah S.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Wells, Henry; Cornell, Mary Ann; Chace, Rebecca; Kendall, Amos.

December 1, 1855 - January 10, 1856 (Box 17/Folder 13) : [85 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, office operations, western lines, consolidation of lines; newly patented register, patent rights, transfer of lines; New York and Western Union Telegraph Company.

HIGHLIGHTS:

January 4, 1856. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell:
"I reached here at 7:30, after the coldest night ride I ever recollect of having since stage coachs went out of fashion. I sat next to the stove all night, and my feet suffered with cold."

PEOPLE:

Sholes, C.C.; Kendall, Amos; Chace, Rebecca; Cornell, Mary Ann.