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Series I. Correspondence: June 23, 1864 - March 3, 1865 (Box 25)

June 23, 1864 - July 19, 1864 (Box 25/Folder 1) : [58 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cattle; Montezuma Swamp; New York State Legislature; Massachusetts "cattle plague"; New York State Agricultural Society; telegraph business correspondence: Russian Telegraph stock; Western Union Company: stocks.

HIGHLIGHTS:

June 25, 1864. Mrs. Paul Cornell (Keturah M.) to Ezra Cornell from Portsmouth, N.C. describing her losses in the war.

July 11, 1864. Paul J. Cornell to Ezra Cornell from Portsmouth, N.C. requesting loan from Ezra Cornell to reestablish himself in business in the South, possibly by speculating in cotton.

July 19, 1864. John W. Cornell to Ezra Cornell describing conditions in a naval hospital in Chelsea, Mass.

PEOPLE:

Palmer, O.H.; Spalding, Henry C.; Hopkins, P.A.; Cornell, Paul J.; Chester, E.W.; Cornell, J.W.; Cornell, Keturah.

July 20, 1864 - August 9, 1864 (Box 25/Folder 2) : [54 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cattle; Civil War; Cornell Public Library (workers' strike); telegraph business correspondence: Ithaca Telegraph Company; offer of natural history collection; steam agricultural machinery; New York State canals.

HIGHLIGHTS:

July 20, 1864. D.B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell from camp near Memphis, Tenn.:
"My health is very good & the condition of my jaw's as such that I can eat any rations but hard tack, & I much prefer field to Hospital duty."

July 20, August 1, 1864. J.H. Millspaugh to Ezra Cornell requesting his assistance in starting a photography studio in Ithaca, and making use of a room in the library building.

July 23, 1864. D.B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell from camp near Memphis, Tenn. requesting his assistance in obtaining a commission in the Veteran Reserve Corps.

July 24, 1864. John G. Apgar to Ezra Cornell informing him of the death of his nephew W. Irving Wood from his wound received in battle:
"He was buried on Arlington Hights on the farm formeraly owned by Gen. R. E. Lee at present commanding the Rebel Army his and all other graves are properly marked and a record kept so that if the friends wish to they can remove the body in the fall..."

July 28, August 3, 1864. Albert H. Chace to Ezra Cornell requesting advise and aid in opening an upholstery business.

PLACES:

Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, D.B.; Millspaugh, J.H.; Beebe, Alvah; Chester, E.W.; Wood, W. Irving; Apgar, J.G.; Chace, Albert H.; Jewett, E.; Boardman, Douglass; Palmer, O.H.; Cornell, E.B.; Lee, W.; Lummis, W.

August 10, 1864 - August 30, 1864 (Box 25/Folder 3) : [48 digital images]

TOPICS:

New York State canals; offer of natural history collections; steam agricultural machinery; telegraph business correspondence: stock; cattle; Cornell Public Library.

HIGHLIGHTS:

August 11, 1864. D.B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell from Camp at St. Charles, Ark.

August 27, 1864. B. Cassedy of the Office of the Commissioners of Emigration to Ezra Cornell concerning laborers for the building of the library.

PEOPLE:

Howell, R.; Cornell, D.B.; Adams, W.H.; Jewett, E.; Lummis, W.; Lee, W.; Cornell, John H.

September 1, 1864 - September 18, 1864 (Box 25/Folder 4) : [54 digital images]

TOPICS:

New York State Agricultural Company; Western Union Telegraph Company; New York State Agricultural College (Ovid); telegraph business correspondence: inventions; steam agricultural machinery.

HIGHLIGHTS:

September 5, 1864. C.S. Lozier, M.D. to Ezra Cornell concerning a scholarship to the New York Medical College for Women.

PLACES:

Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Johnson, B.P.; Palmer, O.H.; Beebe, Alvah; Lozier, C.S., M.D.; Hawley, G.P.; Cornell, John H.; Lee, W.; Jewett, E.; Cornell, J.W.

September 20, 1864 - October 7, 1864 (Box 25/Folder 5) : [59 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cattle; New York State Agricultural College; real estate (Brooklyn); Cornell Public Library; Smith versus Cornell.

HIGHLIGHTS:

October 3, 1864. "Ella" in New Hampshire to Ezra Cornell:
"...I am gifted with what my teachers say, an uncommonly beautiful voice for singing, and being passionately fond of music, I have tried hard to get the means to purchase me an instrument, a Melodeon, is what I have always wished for. My parents have not the means to help me, and having no one else in this wide world to ask assistance of, it gave me encouragement to ask you, an entire stranger, when I read of your generosity. O! kind Sir, if you will enclose me one hundred dollars..."

October 7, 1864. Henry A. Ward to Ezra Cornell describing various fossils he is interested in selling.

PLACES:

Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Bush, Isaac L.; Joy, Arad; Lee, W.; Finch, F.M.; Nichols & Brown; Allen, A.B.; Cornell, J.W.; Shaw, O.F.; Chester, E.W.; Ward, Henry A.

October 8, 1864 - October 22, 1864 (Box 25/Folder 6) : [54 digital images]

TOPICS:

New York State Agricultural College; family correspondence.

PLACES:

Ithaca; Albion.

PEOPLE:

Valk, Lawrence B.; Joy, Arad; Cornell, Keturah; Cornell, J.W.; Wood, Phebe; Chace, Eunice; Johnson, B.P.; Allen, A.B.; Cornell, John H.; Raplee, S.S; Robertson, Mary C.; Lee, W.

October 26, 1864 - November 17, 1864 (Box 25/Folder 7) : [62 digital images]

TOPICS:

Western Union Telegraph Company: stocks and bonds; New York Medical College for Women.

HIGHLIGHTS:

October 24, 1864. P. J. Cornell to Ezra Cornell from Portsmouth, N.C. describing his life and business ventures in the South.

October 28, 1864. Wilbur F. Crummer to Ezra Cornell from Pleasant Valley, Ill.:
"I see you have given $50,000 for a public Library to be formed in Ithica N.Y. now can you give a poor wounded invalid soldier, who is closely confined to the house, some few books or magazines to read through the coming winter? I love to read, but am to poor to buy the works I should like to read. The hours pass off slowly when I have nothing to read...the smallest favor will be thankfully received."

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Paul J.; Chace, Eunice; Palmer, O.H.; Crummer, W.F.; Lozier, C.S.; Porter, Ira; Chace, Baylus; Rowell, Mary; Wood, O.S.

November 18, 1864 - December 11, 1864 (Box 25/Folder 8) : [50 digital images]

TOPICS:

Civil War; re-election of Lincoln; sheep; cattle; real estate; New York State Legislature; telegraph business correspondence.

HIGHLIGHTS:

November 18, 1864. D.B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell from camp at St. Louis, Mo. describing marches and his interest in purchasing farmlands near Sedalia, Mo.

December 16, 1864. Amos Brown to Ezra Cornell from Havana discussing the People's College and asking Ezra Cornell that he consider building his college in Havana or Ovid.

PEOPLE:

Legg, Louis P.; Cornell, D.B.; Ingersoll, Henry; Bush, I.L.; Millspaugh, J.H.; Wood, M.B.; Brown, Amos; Porter, Ira.

December 12, 1864 - December 31, 1864 (Box 25/Folder 9) : [58 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence; location of New York State Agricultural College, possible relocation to Ithaca; Albany Agricultural Works; Cornell University.

HIGHLIGHTS:

December 17, 1864. W.F. Crummer to Ezra Cornell from Pleasant Valley, Illinois:
"The package of books you were so kind in sending me have, after some delay, arrived in safety and I hasten to acknowledge the receipt of the same and to thank you a thousand times for the books...I anticipate a great deal of profit and pleasure in the perusal of them."

December 18, 1864. W. Kelly to Gov. Fenton concerning New York State Agricultural College:
"A most generous offer of endowment has recently been made by a distinguished citizen of this State, on condition that the Legislature shall make a liberal grant from the income of the public lands, and shall authorise the removal of the Institution to Ithaca Tompkins County.
"It is understood that this subject will be brought before the Legislature at its present session. Whatever has a bearing on the advancement of the art of agriculture is entitled to the best consideration of the Legislature."

December 26, 1864. Geo. Geddes to Ezra Cornell:
"...Our Senator White will tell you how deeply I feel in regard to this matter. So let me say go in for the whole fund -- and make the best University -- teaching all useful knowledge."

PLACES:

Ithaca; Albany.

PEOPLE:

Curtiss, George; Cornell, Betsy Ann; Kelly, W.; Kennady, J.R.; Cornell, Paul J.; Chace, Albert H.; Fenton, Reuben; Geddes, G.; Wood, O.S.; Cornell, Mary Ann; Brown, Amos.

January 1, 1865 - January 12, 1865 (Box 25/Folder 10) : [56 digital images]

TOPICS:

Family correspondence; Exhibition of Arts and Industries in Bombay; New York State Legislature: letters from constituents.

PLACES:

Albany

PEOPLE:

Cornell, E.S.; Cornell, John H.; Hopkins, P.A.; Wood, M.B.; Rowell, Mary; Chace, Rebecca; Cornell, Alonzo B.;

January 13, 1865 - January 23, 1865 (Box 25/Folder 11) : [64 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell Public Library; Land Grant Fund; telegraph business correspondence; Forest Park Farm.

HIGHLIGHTS:

January 15, 1865. Ezra Cornell to F.M. Finch:
"You will recv. an invitation to attend a meeting of eminent men, friends of education, at Albany...to inaugurate the movement for our Agricultural College, and a University at Ithaca...
"I have modified my proposition so that it proposes to donate $500,000, for the erection of a college at Ithaca on condition that the state will endow the institution with the entire land grant fund...
"Assuming that Beers is satisfied that the Peoples College is a failure through Cooks refusal to carry out his promised aid, and that he will now go in for our project as I am told many of the Peoples College Trustees will, we want him to come also."

PEOPLE:

Brown, Amos; Lummis, W.; Barnard, R.; Finch, F.M.; Cornell, E.B.; Millspaugh, J.H.; Palmer, O.H.; Taylor, J.J.; Wood, O.S.; Cornell, Franklin C.; Lummis, W.

January 24, 1865 - January 31, 1865 (Box 25/Folder 12) : [65 digital images]

TOPICS:

Ithaca real estate; Cornell Public Library; meeting to discuss Cornell's proposed university; coal oil business; New York State canals.

HIGHLIGHTS:

January 25, 1865. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo Cornell:
"We had a respectable meeting and harmonious action -- Greely was with us and is with us. If the Peoples College dont move soon it must get out of the way and let us pass..."

January 27, 1865. Ezra Cornell to F.M. Finch:
"In reference to the College Movement I am sorry that Ithaca was not represented by any of its invited guests, this is an indifference unworthy the importance of the subject...
"The enterprise expands from an Agricultural College, to a University of the first magnitude -- such as we have to go to Europe now to find. Agriculture and mechanic arts being among its leading objects. The annual income of our strongest (Columbia) College is $65,000, from that our other colleges in this state have incomes of $20,000. $10,000. $8,000, and down to $5,000 per ann. If our plans are successful, I feel confidence in being able to lay a financial basis which will give us an anual permenant income of $100,000. That to be expended at Ithaca yearly for all time to come is the material question to which our citizens are supremely indifferent, cant attend a public meeting when invited to promote such an object. May the Lord be merciful to them and grant them future prosperity and happiness.
"If my life is spared, and prosperity continues I shall be able to make a broad mark on the future prosperity of Ithaca. I shall promise less than I shall perform. If we secure this congressional college fund I am confident that we can make Ithaca the seat of learning in America..."

January 28, 1865. S.B. Howe to Ezra Cornell:
"Capt. D. Tarbell C.S. was taken prisoner by the rebels Sept. 21st 1864 and is now confined in the military prison at Danville Va. He writes that several officers have been exchanged of late by special application; and wishes me to address yourself and Hon. Mr. Schuyler upon the subject of getting the like favor himself...He is very grateful for the interest you have heretofore shown on his behalf and is sanguine that you can be instrumental in releasing him from his present `living death'."

January 29, 1865. E.G. Goddard to Douglass Boardman from Michigan discussing the use of land scrip and the assistance he could give to Ezra Cornell in the matter of locating and purchasing lands.

PLACES:

Ithaca; Albany.

PEOPLE:

Finch, F.M.; Beers, G.D.; Geddes, G.; Brown, Amos; Ballard, Phebe; Palmer, O.H.; Glenny, William; Boardman, Douglass.

February 1, 1865 - February 20, 1865 (Box 25/Folder 13) : [61 digital images]

TOPICS:

Coal oil business; proposed university, the "Cornell University" Bill; Sodus Canal; People's College; cattle; Ithaca real estate; New York State Legislature; Cornell Public Library.

HIGHLIGHTS:

February 1, 1865. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo Cornell concerning Col. Jewett's collection:
"I see you dont appreciate stones. If we have a college or University we shall have to procure a cabinet of Natural History and this as far as it goes is the best in the state and best in the world of the history of the N.Y. rock.
"College matter looks more hopeful, but I shall not go into fits to induce the state to accept $500,000 of my money."

February 8, 1865. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell from Albany:
"Cornell University introduced and in hands of Committee of Senate Joint, Literature & Agriculture. Regents have sent a committee to Havanna to pump Cook. Brown says they wont raise any thing with all the pumping they can do."

February 11, 1865. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell from Albany discussing progress of the University Bill.

February 12, 1865. Ezra Cornell to F.M. Finch from Albany concerning oil business, appropriation of profits, report on People's College, the progress on the University Bill and list of possible names for the board of trustees.

PLACES:

Ithaca; Albany.

PEOPLE:

Shepherd, W.J.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Finch, F.M.; Millspaugh, J.H.; Brown, Amos; Wood, Phebe.

February 21, 1865 - March 3, 1865 (Box 25/Folder 14) : [44 digital images]

TOPICS:

Agriculture; Cornell Public Library; telegraph business correspondence; cattle; Cornell University: founding legislation; Civil War (possibility of draft in New York State if more men do not volunteer).

PLACES:

Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Millspaugh, J.H.; Wood, O.S.; Ballard, Phebe; Cornell, E.B.; Chester, E.W.; Sherwood, S.P.; Jewett, E.