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Series I. Correspondence: April 24, 1859 - January 18, 1861 (Box 20)

April 24, 1859 - May 1859 (Box 20/Folder 1) : [56 digital images]

TOPICS:

Forest Park farm; cattle; telegraph business correspondence: stock transfers; coal oil business.

HIGHLIGHTS:

April, 1859. O.S. Wood to Ezra Cornell providing an account of the telegraph industry's development and his role in it.

PLACES:

Coshocton, Ohio.

PEOPLE:

Wood, James; Beebe, Jeremiah S.; Wood, M.B.

June 1, 1859 - July 15, 1859 (Box 20/Folder 2) : [48 digital images]

TOPICS:

Forest Park farm; telegraph business correspondence: transfer of lines, consolidation of lines; coal oil business.

PLACES:

Coshocton, Ohio.

PEOPLE:

Robertson, H.D.

July 16, 1859 - September 8, 1859 (Box 20/Folder 3) : [48 digital images]

TOPICS:

Forest Park farm; telegraph business correspondence: stock transfers, patents; coal oil business.

HIGHLIGHTS:

August 22, 1859. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell describing his business prospects in coal oil business.

PLACES:

Ithaca; Dryden, N.Y.; Kentucky; Coshocton, Ohio.

PEOPLE:

Wood, M.B.; Chester, E.W.; Curtiss, George; Wood, O.S.; Cornell, Mary Ann.

September 11, 1859 - October 21, 1859 (Box 20/Folder 4) : [57 digital images]

TOPICS:

Forest Park farm; telegraph business correspondence: finances, patents; coal oil business; Cornelian Oil Company.

PLACES:

Coshocton, Ohio.

PEOPLE:

Chace, Miller; Wood, Otis E.; Faxton, Theodore; Smith, F.O.J.

October 22, 1859 - November 26, 1859 (Box 20/Folder 5) : [59 digital images]

TOPICS:

Forest Park farm; telegraph business correspondence: finances, stock transfers; coal oil business; Cornelian Oil Company; Western Union Telegraph Company; Illinois and Mississippi Telegraph Company; Breckenridge Coal and Oil Company.

PLACES:

Coshocton, Ohio.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Wood, M.B.; Robertson, M.E.; Pew, W.P.

November 28, 1859 - December 31, 1859 (Box 20/Folder 6) : [50 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: transfer of leases, finances, litigation; Louisville, New Albany & Chicago Rail Road; coal oil business; Forest Park farm.

PLACES:

Coshocton, Ohio.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, E.S.; Smith, F.O.J.; Cornell, Jane; Faxton, Theodore; Sibley, Hiram; Pew, W.P.

January 1, 1860 - March 7, 1860 (Box 20/Folder 7) : [57 digital images]

TOPICS:

Forest Park farm; telegraph business correspondence; cattle; Farmers Club (Ithaca); coal oil business.

HIGHLIGHTS:

February 17, 1860. Hiram Sibley to Ezra Cornell from Washington:
"I have been here for three weeks urging a bill through congress in aid of a line to California. By writing at once to any member of Either House with whom you may have influence, you may [...] in measure the value of which to our company."

PLACES:

Coshocton, Ohio; Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Sibley, Hiram; Curtiss, George; Minot, Charles; Wood, M.B.; Wood, Phebe; Smith, F.O.J.; Pew, W.P.; Robertson, Ezra Cornell; Robertson, Mary C.

March 9, 1860 - April 25, 1860 (Box 20/Folder 8) : [52 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence; coal oil business; Forest Park farm; Ithaca town elections.

HIGHLIGHTS:

March 11, 1860. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell from Washington:
"Last Tuesday being the Presidents reception night...I called up at the White house, shook hands with 'James the Usurper,' circulated through the gaudy apartments and throng until the crowd became too dense to be pleasant when I returned to the hotel."

Description of Washington conditions and political scene.

PLACES:

Washington, D.C.

PEOPLE:

Pew, W.P.; Curtiss, George; Wood, Phebe; Wood, M.B.; Chester, E.W.; Smith, F.O.J.; Buchanan, James.

April 26, 1860 - June 20, 1860 (Box 20/Folder 9) : [53 digital images]

TOPICS:

Forest Park farm; telegraph business correspondence; coal oil business; livestock; wheat.

PEOPLE:

Curtiss, George; Faxton, Theodore; Cornell, E.S.; Wood, M.B.; Wood, Arlina.

June 22, 1860 - July 28, 1860 (Box 20/Folder 10) : [53 digital images]

TOPICS:

Forest Park farm; cattle; coal oil business; New York State Agricultural Rooms.

HIGHLIGHTS:

June 26, 1860. Samuel Stone to Ezra Cornell:
"Your generous letter of [ ] inst bringing with it your draft of $100 donated for the benefit of the suffers of the terrible tornado of 3rd inst."

July 21, 1860. Ezra Cornell to Franklin C. Cornell describing a train and steamer journey from Ithaca to Montreal:
"The Thousand Islands however were arranging themselves one after another in raped succession, claiming their tribute of admiration, and we fully enjoyed the freshness of morning vigor, and paid the willing tribute to their surpassing lovelyness."

July 28, 1860. Henry Ingersoll to Ezra Cornell concerning presidential election:
"...that you are well posted in political prospects. I feel a deep interest in how will N.York cast her electoral vote - believing and hoping that it will be given for Lincoln & Hamlin..."

PEOPLE:

Stone, Samuel; Smith, F.O.J.; Cornell, D.B.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Cornell, E.S.; Pew, W.P.; Cornell, Franklin C.; Ingersoll, Henry.

August 20, 1860 - October 27, 1860 (Box 20/Folder 11) : [63 digital images]

TOPICS:

Coal oil business; Forest Park farm; cattle; telegraph business correspondence; national politics; New York State Agricultural Rooms; Tompkins County agricultural survey.

HIGHLIGHTS:

October 22, 1860. Circular letter from Otis E. Wood:
"It is with no little pain that I announce to you my determination to quit the farm..." [in Etna].

October 22, 1860. Ezra Cornell's printed form:
"I have had blanks prepared for the purpose of having the Agricultural Statistics of the County of Tompkins taken this Fall, to show the crop of the growth of the year of 1860."

October 23, 1860. J.J. Speed to Ezra Cornell thanking Ezra Cornell for his gifts of books and the Cornells' visit, and describing the welcome accorded the Prince of England in Portland. October 27, 1860. D.B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell:
"We are now having a series of political mass meetings in this section of country, the Hon. John P. Hale is stumping the state for Old Abe. I heard him last wednesday, we expect to give him a rousing majority in this state - Douglas stock is down low and still declining."

PEOPLE:

Cornell, D.B.; Cornell, Jane; Wood, M.C.; Cornell, Elijah; Pew, W.P.; Tillotson, D.T.; Speed, J.J.; Hale, John P.

October 29, 1860 - December 8, 1860 (Box 20/Folder 12) : [60 digital images]

TOPICS:

Forest Park farm; coal oil business; agriculture; American Terraculture Company; Tompkins County agricultural survey; New York State Agricultural Rooms; telegraph business correspondence.

PEOPLE:

Todd, S.E.; Smith, Ezra; Wood, M.B.; O'Reilly, Henry; Robertson, Mary C.; Cornell, D.B.; Chace, Miller; Millspaugh, John H.; Wood, O.S.

December 10, 1860 - December 31, 1860 (Box 20/Folder 13) : [31 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: proposed California line; coal oil business; agriculture; Tompkins County agricultural surveys; meteorological instruments; Cayuga Inlet (Ithaca).

PLACES:

Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, E.S.; Wood, M.B.; Millspaugh, John H.; Sibley, Hiram.

January 1, 1861 - January 18, 1861 (Box 20/Folder 14) : [60 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cattle; Tompkins County agricultural surveys; coal oil business; Cornell family genealogy and history.

HIGHLIGHTS:

January 1861. Letters from Paul J. Cornell to Ezra Cornell discussing Cornell family genealogy and stating the position of the South versus the North regarding slavery and states' rights.

January 8, 1861. Ezra Cornell to Paul J. Cornell discussing Cornell family genealogy and slavery.

PLACES:

Michigan.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Paul J.; Cornell, O.H. Perry; Wood, M.B.; Millspaugh, John H.; Wood, Deborah C.; Cornell, J.C.; Wood, M.B.