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Series I. Correspondence: March 5, 1865 - August 11, 1865 (Box 26)

March 5, 1865 - March 9, 1865 (Box 26/Folder 1) : [70 digital images]

TOPICS:

Agriculture; Land Grant Act; New York State Legislature: legislation, letters from constituents and others; People's College; Cornell University: founding legislation; New York State Agricultural College; letters of support for the passage of the "Cornell University" bill; banking; telegraph industry.

HIGHLIGHTS:

March 7, 1865. John Harald to Ezra Cornell:
"...and immediately I wrote to our Members of Assembly to favor the passage of the "Cornell University" bill, in very pressing terms."

March 9, 1865. John Stanton Gould to Ezra Cornell:
"I am ashamed my dear sir to see any hesitation of haggling in the acceptance of your princely gift which I am sure contains the [...] of priceless blessings to our State."

PLACES:

Ithaca; Albany.

PEOPLE:

Barnard, Eunice; Cornell, D.B.; Gould, John Stanton.

March 10, 1865 - March 17, 1865 (Box 26/Folder 2) : [56 digital images]

TOPICS:

Agriculture; dog tax; Cornell University: founding legislation, trustees; letters of support for the passage of the "Cornell University" bill; New York State Legislature: legislation, letters from constituents and others; People's College; Russian telegraph stock; geological collections; Soldiers Home.

HIGHLIGHTS:

March 11, 1865. W.A. Woodward to Ezra Cornell:
"I should feel delighted to have my name connected in the humblest way with the Cornell University. The question "Canst thou send lightnings that they may go and say unto thee, Here we are" see Job 38:35 is solved in our day to a good purpose. It is a happy thought thus to telegraph one's name to posterity, to be able to say to future ages "Here we are." while the lightnings are sent abroad from this institution through its pupils."

March 12, 1865. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell:
"The discussion of the C.U. bill in Com of whole brought out a stronger manifestation of feeling in its favor than was known to exist in Senate."

PLACES:

Ithaca; Albany.

PEOPLE:

Greeley, Horace; Kelly, William; Woodward, W.A.

March 18, 1865 - March 24, 1865 (Box 26/Folder 3) : [50 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: founding legislation; letters of support for the passage of the "Cornell University" bill; Soldiers Home; New York State Legislature: legislation, letters from constituents and others; agriculture; Cascadilla Institute; Ithaca flood; Wisconsin lands; Land Grant Act.

HIGHLIGHTS:

March 18, 1865. F.M. Finch to Ezra Cornell:
"On my return I was in the train thrown from the track near Susquehannah. We were running forty miles an hour and struck a broken rail. The two rear cars were thrown from the track down an embankment & ours dragged over the ties against a wood pile & yet we escaped. Some evil angels hang over my visits to Albany."

March 20, 1865. Ezra Cornell to W.A. Woodward:
"It is the telegraph that endows the University...It is my desire to secure still further endowments so that the institution shall at no time be embarassed by want of means, and shall at all times be able to command the best talent in America or in the world. I have one or two hundred thousand dollars more in prospective, and shall hope in a few years to gather around the enterprise another million."

PLACES:

Ithaca; Albany.

PEOPLE:

Kelly, William; Woodward, W.A.; Boardman, Douglass; Selkreg, J.H.; Finch, F.M.

March 25, 1865 - March 31, 1865 (Box 26/Folder 4) : [44 digital images]

TOPICS:

New York State Legislature: legislation, letters from constituents and others; Cornell University: founding legislation; letters of support for the passage of the "Cornell University" bill; agriculture.

HIGHLIGHTS:

March 29, 1865. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell:
"Tremain addressed the committee two hours yesterday PM in favor of C. University -- made a splendid argument. Comt adjourned to 3 1/2 this PM to hear oposition. This delay of time is outrageous. It may defeat us."

PEOPLE:

Schuyler, G.W.

April 1, 1865 - April 9, 1865 (Box 26/Folder 5) : [54 digital images]

TOPICS:

New York State Legislature: legislation, letters from constituents and others; Cornell University: founding legislation; letters of support for the passage of the "Cornell University" bill; Cornell Public Library.

HIGHLIGHTS:

April 1, 1865: F.M. Finch to Ezra Cornell:
"This week I received a telegram from Senator White threatening to drop the bill if a delegation did not appear. I think five or six will be there. I have spared Boardman with great difficulty: I must now do his work & mine too but I have told him to stay till the last minute you desire."

April 7, 1865. Elizabeth Blackwell to Ezra Cornell:
"My attention has been called to a newspaper paragraph which mentions your wish to form a Medical College for Women. As I have been for twenty years deeply interested in the medical education of women; and as, with my colleagues, I am now engaged in raising $100000 for this object, I feel a profound interest in your philanthropic purpose..."

PLACES:

Ithaca; Albany.

PEOPLE:

Finch, F.M.; Boardman, Douglass; Kelly, William; Blackwell, Elizabeth; Roosevelt, Mary W.

April 10, 1865 - April 25, 1865 (Box 26/Folder 6) : [62 digital images]

TOPICS:

Civil War; Cornell University: founding legislation, trustees, buildings; letters of support for the passage of the "Cornell University" bill; passage of "Cornell University" bill; New York State Legislature: legislation, letters from constituents and others; Forest Park farm; People's College; agriculture; assassination of Abraham Lincoln; Western Union Telegraph Company: dividends.

HIGHLIGHTS:

April 23, 1865. Ezra Cornell to Alonzo B. Cornell:
"The Genesee College swindle is bad enough, but it will be worse for that college than for me... Several members urged it to be stricken out and the amount to be divided among the members to pay for passing the bill without the amendment -- Others said $15,000 to members would secure the passage of the bill -- Others thought $10,000 would do it -- Still others thought $250. It seems to be conceded that we never had a more corrupt Assembly than the one now in session. The University bill has no stains beyond what appears on its face."

PLACES:

Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Smith, F.O.J.; Brown, Amos; Cornell, Franklin C.; Schuyler, Eugene; Millspaugh, John H.; Finch, F.M.; Cornell, D.B.; Lincoln, Abraham.

April 26, 1865 - May 12, 1865 (Box 26/Folder 7) : [80 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: founding legislation, buildings; People's College; Albion College; agriculture; Land Grant Act; Wisconsin lands; Forest Park farm; cattle.

HIGHLIGHTS:

May 11, 1865. Mariah Booth to Ezra Cornell from Nevada City, Colorado Territory recounting travels west from Wisconsin and experience with gold mining.

PEOPLE:

Woodward, W.A.; Beebe, A.; Macy, Philander; Booth, Mariah.

May 13, 1865 - May 23, 1865 (Box 26/Folder 8) : [54 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: buildings, faculty; Land Grant Act; cattle; University of Rochester; Brown University.

HIGHLIGHTS:

May 18, 1865. Andrew Dickson White to Ezra Cornell:
"I sent to you at the Astor House a batch of introductory letters to Professors in Columbia Yale & Harvard and hope you received and used them."

PEOPLE:

Wood, O.S.; White, Andrew Dickson; Smith, F.O.J.

May 24, 1865 - June 7, 1865 (Box 26/Folder 9) : [61 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: founding, trustees; Cornell villa; cattle; family correspondence.

PEOPLE:

Bogart, William H.; Cornell, D.B.; Millspaugh, John H.; Smith, F.O.J.

June 8, 1865 - June 22, 1865 (Box 26/Folder 10) : [72 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: founding, buildings, establishment of Library; cattle; Nevada City mining prospects; Audubon books; Albion College; Buffalo Historical Society; Western Union Telegraph Company; Erie and Michigan line; New York and Erie line.

HIGHLIGHTS:

June 12, 1865. Andrew Dickson White to Ezra Cornell commenting on the establishment of the Cornell University Library and suggesting titles and books.

PEOPLE:

Wood, M.B.; White, Andrew Dickson; Smith, F.O.J.; Cornell, D.B.; Booth, Mariah; Cox, C.M.

June 23, 1865 - July 5, 1865 (Box 26/Folder 11) : [55 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: founding, establishment of Library; Audubon books; cattle.

PEOPLE:

White, Andrew Dickson; Finch, F.M.; Barnard, D.R.; Brown, Amos; Kelly, William.

July 6, 1865 - July 19, 1865 (Box 26/Folder 12) : [60 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: founding, establishment of Library, trustees; telegraph industry (new lines); cattle; Albion College; temperance.

PEOPLE:

White, Andrew Dickson; Cornell, D.B.; Smith, F.O.J.; Pinkham, F.W.; Wood, M.B.

July 21, 1865 - July 31, 1865 (Box 26/Folder 13) : [45 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: founding, establishment of Library, trustees, buildings; telegraph business correspondence: stock dividends; DeRuyter Institute.

HIGHLIGHTS:

July 21, 1865. Andrew Dickson White to Ezra Cornell:
"I spent a little time at Harvard University a few days since and though too weak to explore much, got some new suggestions on certain points."

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Beebe, A.; Sibley, Hiram; Potter, Henry S.; Brown, Amos; Bloodgood, S. DeWitt.

August 1, 1865 - August 11, 1865 (Box 26/Folder 14) : [55 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: founding, establishment of Library, trustees; telegraph industry; New York State canals; geological specimens; Wisconsin lands; railroad line to Ithaca from Pennsylvania coal region (Ithaca and Towanda Rail Road Company).

PEOPLE:

Chester, E.W.; Wood, O.S.; Chace, Thomas; Woodward, W.A.