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Series I. Correspondence: January 19, 1861 - May 19, 1862 (Box 21)

January 19, 1861 - February 6, 1861 (Box 21/Folder 1) : [56 digital images]

TOPICS:

Possible dissolution of the Union; slavery; Tompkins County agricultural surveys; New York State Canal Commissioners Office.

HIGHLIGHTS:

January 20, 1861. Ezra Cornell to I.R. Elwood:
"The great question of the day is, have we a National Government? I have always thought we had, I think we have still."

PEOPLE:

Cornell, O.H. Perry; Robertson, H.D.; Cornell, D.B.; Rowell, Mary; Wood, M.B.; Cornell, Angeline.

February 8, 1861 - March 13, 1861 (Box 21/Folder 2) : [48 digital images]

TOPICS:

Tompkins County agricultural surveys; wheat; Forest Park farm; coal oil business; national politics; Abolition; secession; slavery.

HIGHLIGHTS:

February 21, 1861. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell:
"Tuesday I was coming down Broadway just before 3 P.M., and the gathering crowd along that popular thoroughfare reminded me that the Prest Elect was to arrive in the city at 3 and triumverate through Broadway to the Astor, I therefore turned into the Musuem when I reached that curiosity shop and got a window commanding the Astor from which I could notice the progress of the Nations Hope from Chamber Street to the Astor. At that distance I saw Mr. Lincoln alight from his carriage and enter his hotel, from which he soon after immerged through a window on the second story...and made a short speech to 25 acres of mottled humanity below. I could not hear a word that he uttered, but the convulsive jerks of his head, and bobing of his body indicated an earnestness of speech, and called forth the wildest shouts of applause from the solid mass of admirers below. As Mr. Lincoln has not called on me I have seen nothing more of him. Mr. L held receptions at the Astor at the city hall, but I regarded it as undignified for a New York farmer to mingle with the bulls, bears, & dead rabbits of this metropolis, I therefore must excuse myself from any description of the scene."

PLACES:

Ithaca; New York City; Kansas.

PEOPLE:

Robertson, Mary C.; Chester, E.W.; Curtiss, George; Millspaugh, John H.; Cornell, Angeline; Cornell, D.B.; Lincoln, Abraham; Chace, Miller; Schuyler, Philip C.

March 14, 1861 - April 8, 1861 (Box 21/Folder 3) : [55 digital images]

TOPICS:

Tompkins County agricultural surveys; Forest Park farm; agriculture; wheat; coal oil business; New York State Canal Commissioners Office; Cayuga Inlet; secession.

PLACES:

Gloversville, N.Y.; DeRuyter, N.Y.; Coshocton, Ohio.

PEOPLE:

Chace, Alonzo; Cornell, Ezra E.; Cornell, D.B.; Barnard, D.; Wood, O.S.; Robertson, Mary C.; Wood, M.B.; Cornell, Paul J.; Pew, W.P.

April 9, 1861 - May 31, 1861 (Box 21/Folder 4) : [52 digital images]

TOPICS:

Forest Park farm; coal oil business; secession; slavery; Ovid Agricultural College; Farmers Club; New York State Agricultural Rooms; Ithaca Volunteer Fund; Civil War.

HIGHLIGHTS:

April 22, 1861. Paul J. Cornell to Ezra Cornell:
"Your predictions, concerning our state, I am ashamed to confess, are...to be realized for the disunionist have or are about to...our good old state into this unholy war against our wishes & better judgment, it is hard for us to fight against the star spangled banner, that which our fathers suffered, bled, dide and won for our enjoyments. The negrows are volunteering there servises all over the state to fight against the north, thay are not made to do so, for thay say the abolissionist doo dem moor harm than they do good..."

May 2, 1861. Ezra Cornell to Paul J. Cornell discussing the political and moral nature of the outbreak of the Civil War.

PLACES:

Kentucky; Virginia.

PEOPLE:

Pew, W.P.; Cornell, John H.; Curtiss, George; Cornell, O.H. Perry; Cornell, E.S.; Wood, Orson B.; Chester, E.W.

June 4, 1861 - October 26, 1861 (Box 21/Folder 5) : [78 digital images]

TOPICS:

Coal oil business; Forest Park farm; telegraph business correspondence; Civil War: Battle of Bull Run, prisoners (John W. and Ezra E. Cornell).

HIGHLIGHTS:

June 4, 1861. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell:
"The death of Douglass which we have just heard will be regretted by the Nation at this critical juncture. If he had poped off before hatching his Squatter Soverign herricy his death would have been a National blessing."

PLACES:

Chicago.

PEOPLE:

Chace, Miller; Wood, O.S.; Speed, J.J.; Wood, M.B.; Cornell, J.W.; Chace, Rebecca; Cornell, Ezra E.; Stone, Samuel.

November 3, 1861 - November 25, 1861 (Box 21/Folder 6) : [52 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell family genealogy and history; Civil war: contributing supplies; coal oil business; Tompkins County agricultural surveys (report); Farmers Club.

PLACES:

Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, D.B.; Wood, Otis E.; Wood, M.B.

December 2, 1861 - January 8, 1862 (Box 21/Folder 7) : [62 digital images]

TOPICS:

Coal oil business; Civil War; New York State Agricultural Rooms; Family correspondence; Forest Park farm.

PEOPLE:

Wood, M.B.; Curtiss, George; Cornell, O.H. Perry; Wood, O.S.; Robertson, Mary C.; Smith, F.O.J.; Finch, James; Finch, Jane Cornell.

January 10, 1862 - January 22, 1862 (Box 21/Folder 8) : [59 digital images]

TOPICS:

New York State Legislature: letters from constituents; Civil War; Forest Park farm; New York State Agricultural Rooms; cattle; Cayuga Inlet; coal oil business; New York State Agricultural Society.

HIGHLIGHTS:

January 10, 1862. O.H. Perry Cornell to Ezra Cornell and Mary Ann Cornell:
"I write to ask forgiveness for one or two rather quick speeches in my last letter and to ask you to write to me at least if nothing more for I have done nothing as yet that I deserve to be thus treated by you, to be sure I married very young but Dear Parents Louise is more than twice worthy of me she is good and she is pure and all you can say is she is poor."

January 13, 1862. [Barnard] to Ezra Cornell:
"Father...wished me to write down what he knew in regard to the impresment of American Seamen he says in 1804 he sailed with Timothy Barnard when on the South side of Long Island (in sight of it) the Brittish Frigate Combarine boarded them and took their mate whose name was Cunningham..."

PLACES:

Albany; Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Cornell, O.H. Perry; Barnard, D.; Cornell, D.B.; Cornell, Franklin C.; Wood, M.B.; Cornell, Ezra E.

January 22, 1862 - February 6, 1862 (Box 21/Folder 9) : [66 digital images]

TOPICS:

New York State Legislature: letters and petitions from constituents, legislation; Civil War; Forest Park farm; New York State Agricultural Rooms; coal oil business; Western Union Telegraph Company; agriculture; New York State agricultural survey; New York State Agricultural Society; diphtheria.

PLACES:

Albany; Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Wood, M.B.; Cornell, Franklin C.; Cornell, O.H. Perry; Smith, F.O.J.

February 6, 1862 - February 24, 1862 (Box 21/Folder 10) : [68 digital images]

TOPICS:

Forest Park farm; New York State Legislature: letters from constituents and others; Civil War; cattle; agriculture; New York State Agricultural Rooms; Western Union Telegraph Company.

PLACES:

Ithaca; Albany.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, E.B.; Cornell, Franklin C.; Cornell, N.P.; Egbert, J.D.; Robertson, H.D.; Chester, E.W.; Finch, Jane Cornell; Cornell, O.H. Perry; Wood, O.S.

February 25, 1862 - March 5, 1862 (Box 21/Folder 11) : [72 digital images]

TOPICS:

Civil War; New York State Legislature: letters from constituents; Forest Park farm; coal oil business; sheep.

PLACES:

Albany; Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Wood, W. Irving; Curtiss, George.

March 6, 1862 - March 13, 1862 (Box 21/Folder 12) : [66 digital images]

TOPICS:

Sodus Canal; New York State Legislature: letters from constituents; Danby farm; Forest Park farm; coal oil business; Cayuga Inlet; Vassar College; Western Union Telegraph Company: benefits; American Telegraph Company.

HIGHLIGHTS:

March 10, 1862. Ezra Cornell to O.H. Perry Cornell:
"I will receive you and your wife as members of the family and trust to the future to determine the wisdom of my decision. I advise you to prepare to move out to the Danby farm which I have possession of on the 1st of Apl next."

PLACES:

Albany; Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Chester, E.W.; Curtiss, George; Boardman, T.; Pew, W.P.; Cornell, Franklin C.; Cornell, Benjamin; Wood, M.B.; Speed, J.J.; Cornell, O.H. Perry.

March 14, 1862 - March 29, 1862 (Box 21/Folder 13) : [78 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cayuga Inlet; Forest Park farm; New York Legislature: legislation; telegraph industry; American Telegraph Company; New York State Agricultural Society.

HIGHLIGHTS:

March 23, 1862. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell:
"I am sorry to hear that Frank maintains ill feelings towards Perry. I want to see this feeling dispated, and see you treat each other like brothers."

March 27, 1862. O.S. Wood to Ezra Cornell, telegram:
"Grandfather died at five this evening. Funeral day after tomorrow at one."

March, 1862. Draft of a speech by Ezra Cornell to New York State Assembly.

PLACES:

Albany; Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, D.B.; Wood, M.B.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Booth, Mariah; Speed, J.J.; Chester, E.W.; Pew, W.P.; Livingston, Cambridge; Cornell, Elijah.

April 1, 1862 - April 30, 1862 (Box 21/Folder 14) : [60 digital images]

TOPICS:

Death of Elijah Cornell; coal oil business; New York State Legislature: legislation, bills passed for Tompkins County; New York State agricultural survey; New York State Agricultural Rooms; New York State Veterinary College; cattle; telegraph industry; transcontinental telegraph line; Cayuga Inlet; sheep; Western Union Company; Tompkins County Agricultural Society.

HIGHLIGHTS:

April 22, 1862. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell:
"Our appropriations are all right yet, and I think will remain so, but it is something like a band of robbers dividing spoils to get any thing. To see the way new or yearling members are kicked & cuffed about in those scrambles extants vows from many that they will never be caught at Albany again as a Member."

PLACES:

New York City; Albany; Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Robertson, Mary C.; Wood, M.B.; Cornell, John H.; Sibley, Hiram; Speed, J.J.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Tillotson, D.T.

May 1, 1862 - May 19, 1862 (Box 21/Folder 15) : [38 digital images]

TOPICS:

New York State Legislature: legislation; Sodus Canal; Forest Park farm; telegraph industry; transcontinental telegraph line; International Exhibition (London); European agricultural societies.

PEOPLE:

Cobb, Emory; Sibley, Hiram; Cornell, J.W.; Ritso, Frederick.