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Series I. Correspondence: June 3, 1857 - March 16, 1859 (Box 19)

June 3, 1857 - July 8, 1857 (Box 19/Folder 1) : [59 digital images]

TOPICS:

Ithaca farm; Forest Park farm; cattle; telegraph business correspondence: stock dividends, finances, stock transfers, office operations, telegraph convention, consolidation of lines, trials.

HIGHLIGHTS:

June 26, 1857. Ezra Cornell to E.W. Chester describing the damage caused by a flood in Ithaca.

July 1, 1857. Alonzo B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell from New York:
"There is another grand gathering of Telegraphy in town...I suppose it is an attempt on the part of the WU Co. or some one else to form a 'grand confederation'..."

"How do you like the name of 'Forest Park' --How does mother like it?"

PLACES:

Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Curtiss, George; Wood, M.B.; Cornell, E.S.; Smith, F.O.J.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Wood, Phebe.

July 9, 1857 - September 11, 1857 (Box 19/Folder 2) : [52 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: office operations, western lines, finances, stock transfers; cattle.

PEOPLE:

Curtiss, George; Hopkins, P.A.; Speed, J.J.; Craig, D.H.; Cornell, E.S.; Wood, Phebe; Cornell, Jane; Smith, F.O.J.; Chester, E.W.; Kendall, Amos.

September 12, 1857 - October 19, 1857 (Box 19/Folder 3) : [47 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: patent rights.

HIGHLIGHTS:

October 12, 1857. M.B. Wood to Ezra Cornell discussing finances, western lines, and national politics, including his response to the Dred Scott decision.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, D.B.; Kendall, Amos; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Chester, E.W.; Speed, J.J.; Wood, M.B.

October 20, 1857 - December 21, 1857 (Box 19/Folder 4) : [60 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, stock transfers, conflicts, Smith suit, Pacific line.

HIGHLIGHTS:

October 20, 1857. Ezra Cornell to Dr. S.E. Shepherd describing some of his Ithaca property and proposing its use for a water cure establishment.

November 30, 1857. Ezra Cornell to the President and Directors of the New York, Albany & Buffalo Telegraph Company on behalf of the Directors of the New York and Western Union Telegraph Company offering the sale of their lines.

December 19, 1857. E.W. Chester to Ezra Cornell concerning formation of coal oil company.

PLACES:

Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Shepard, S.E.; Kendall, Amos; Chester, E.W.; Speed, J.J.; Curtiss, George; Robertson, Mary ; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Wood, Phebe; Smith, F.O.J.

December 26, 1857 - January 28, 1858 (Box 19/Folder 5) : [54 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finances, Pacific line; cattle; Tompkins County Agricultural Society; coal oil business.

PLACES:

Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Wood, Deborah C.; Cornell, E.S.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Cornell, John H.; Curtiss, George; Chester, E.W.

January 29, 1858 - March 17, 1858 (Box 19/Folder 6) : [55 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cattle; coal oil business; finances; telegraph business correspondence.

HIGHLIGHTS:

February 12, 1858. Henry O'Reilly to Ezra Cornell requesting any documents and papers he may have connected to the establishment of the telegraph for a collection O'Reilly was arranging.

February 28, 1858. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann with news of his travels, telegraph business, and the various responses his "RR Moddle" received.

PLACES:

Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Wood, O.S.; Curtiss, George; Wood, M.B.; Cornell, John H.; O'Reilly, Henry; Cornell, E.S.; Sibley, Hiram.

March 19, 1858 - April 29, 1858 (Box 19/Folder 7) : [45 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: finance, stock sales and transfers, legal conflicts, office operations; cattle.

HIGHLIGHTS:

March 21, 1858. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell:
"The Western Union is doing better this winter than we expected it would. We had made up our mind to be contented if we got through the winter without running in debt, but we shall make something... With a little increase in these dividends and prompt payment by NY&E I hope to get along and pay my debts, but still the amt. I owe the NY,A & Bu Co. $10,000 worries me more or less..."

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Curtiss, George; Wood, M.B.; Sibley, Hiram; Cornell, John H.; Cornell, E.S.; Beebe, Jeremiah S.

May 4, 1858 - June 10, 1858 (Box 19/Folder 8) : [48 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: stock sales and transfers, finances, legal conflicts.

HIGHLIGHTS:

May 28, 1859. Phebe Wood to Ezra Cornell:
"I recieved your letter and read it more in sorrow than anger. Now how a man who never wrote a letter in his life without misspelling some of his words can have the brass to ridicule others is more than I can see...if I applied to my wife for information or kept some one running to the dictionary as often as you do no doubt I would spell better..."

Also: discussion of the Rulloff murder case.

PLACES:

Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Wood, M.B.; Wood, O.S.; Wood, Phebe; Curtiss, George; Elwood, Isaac R.; Chester, E.W.

June 15, 1858 - July 28, 1858 (Box 19/Folder 9) : [45 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: legal conflicts (Lake Erie suit), finances, stock sales and transfers.

PLACES:

Albion, Mich.

PEOPLE:

Chace, Miller; Chester, E.W.; Elwood, Isaac R.; Curtiss, George; Craig, D.H.; Wood, M.B.; Elwood, Isaac R.; Cornell, D.B.; Speed, J.J.

August 3, 1858 - October 10, 1858 (Box 19/Folder 10) : [70 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: stock sales and transfers, finances.

HIGHLIGHTS:

August 30, 1858. Ezra Cornell to the President of the Republican County Convention naming Alonzo B. Cornell as Ezra Cornell's substitute for the position of delegate from Ithaca and speaking of the importance of the coming election and counseling "wisdom and harmony in the deliberation and action of the convention."

PLACES:

Ithaca; Pine River.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, D.B.; Curtiss, George; Hopkins, P.A.; Cornell, E.S.; Beebe, Jeremiah S.; Elwood, Isaac R.; Wood, M.B.; Cornell, Jane; O'Reilly, Henry; Smith, F.O.J.

October 11, 1858 - November 22, 1858 (Box 19/Folder 11) : [66 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell family genealogy and history; cattle; telegraph business correspondence: legal conflicts (wool suit), stock sales and transfers.

PLACES:

Ithaca; Albion, Mich.

PEOPLE:

Rowell, Mary; Wood, M.B.; Curtiss, George; Cornell, John H.; Smith, F.O.J.; Cornell, E.S.; Cornell, Angeline M.; Cornell, D.B.

November 23, 1858 - January 3, 1859 (Box 19/Folder 12) : [67 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: stock sales and transfers; cattle.

HIGHLIGHTS:

December 6, 1858. Ezra Cornell to Peter Cooper giving an account of his experiences with submarine telegraph cables.

PLACES:

Albion, Mich.; Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Elwood, Isaac R.; Speed, J.J.; Wood, M.B.; Wood, O.S.; Chace, Miller; Cooper, Peter.

January 4, 1859 - February 13, 1859 (Box 19/Folder 13) : [61 digital images]

TOPICS:

Agriculture; coal oil business; cattle; telegraph business correspondence: stock sales and transfers; finances.

HIGHLIGHTS:

January 19, 1859. Jas. W. Haight to Ezra Cornell concerning stuffing animals for Ezra Cornell.

PLACES:

Ithaca; Pine River.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, D.B.; Cornell, John H.; Chester, E.W.; Cornell, Jane; Curtiss, George; Wood, O.S.; Beebe, Jeremiah S.; Cornell, E.S.

February 13, 1859 - March 16, 1859 (Box 19/Folder 14) : [57 digital images]

TOPICS:

Coal oil business; Cornell family genealogy and history; agriculture; telegraph business correspondence.

HIGHLIGHTS:

February 16, 1859. Ezra Cornell to John H. Cornell concerning family genealogy with details concerning the families of Elijah Cornell and Eunice Barnard.

PLACES:

Albion, Mich.; Ithaca; Pine River.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, D.B.; Wood, M.B.; Dunham, Emily; Cornell, John H.; Beebe, Jeremiah S.; Chester, E.W.; Shaffner, T. P.; Haight, J.W.; Chace, Miller; Cornell, E.S.

March 19, 1859 - April 23, 1859 (Box 19/Folder 15) : [54 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cattle; telegraph business correspondence: stock sales and transfers; coal oil business.

HIGHLIGHTS:

March 28, 1859. Jane Cornell to Ezra Cornell announcing her plans to be married.

April 19, 1859. B.P. Johnson of the New York State Agricultural Rooms to Ezra Cornell concerning the Ithaca Farmers Club and its library.

PEOPLE:

Chace, Miller; Sibley, Hiram; Cornell, Jane; Curtiss, George; Chester, E.W.