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Series I. Correspondence: May 7, 1866 - January 27, 1867 (Box 28)

May 7, 1866 - May 20, 1866 (Box 28/Folder 1) : [35 digital images]

TOPICS:

Land scrip; Wisconsin lands; Cornell University: location, buildings; collections offered for sale; DeRuyter Institute.

HIGHLIGHTS:

May 15, 1866. Andrew Dickson White to Ezra Cornell discussing building plans.

PLACES:

Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Bell, J.E.; Wright, G.B.; White, Andrew Dickson; Chace, E.C.

May 21, 1866 - May 31, 1866 (Box 28/Folder 2) : [35 digital images]

TOPICS:

Offer of natural history collection; Wells College; telegraph business correspondence: stock; Land Grant Act; Cornell University: buildings.

HIGHLIGHTS:

May 21, 1866. Geo. Geddes to Ezra Cornell:
"I have received a letter from Mr. Selkreg informing me that the men of Tompkins Co. will present your name to the Union Convention this fall for the office of Governor..."

May 22, 1866. Henry Wells to Ezra Cornell:
"...I was still under the necessity of differing with you in your opinions regarding the connection of a female department to your University; in a few words I will say that the object of this institution is to make one of higher standard than those refered to in your letter & prepare young ladies to be wives & mothers to educate the rising generation who are to take our places & influence & direct the destinies of a great nation, feeling and appreciating a mothers influence attending through a whole life, has induced me to begin an institution to promote a higher standard to moral & intilectual culture than has yet been attained by the ordinary village & town institutions to which you allude, this has been a dream of my life... I will then have an institution that will educate American girls to fulfil the duties & take the possition that a kind Providence has assigned to the better half of our race in this broad land & woman then can fulfill her mission without going to the polls or entering the areana of politicks."

May 25, 1866. Thomas Hillhouse, New York State Comptroller, to Ezra Cornell:
"...I am hopeful that as you have a greater interest in the formation of a permanent and ample endowment for the Institution than any other individual, we may agree on some plan under which you can become the purchaser of the scrip held by the State, with such provision as to the disposal of the proceeds as will conform with what I conceive to be the requirements of law."

PEOPLE:

Geddes, George; Wells, Henry; Chace, Miller; Hillhouse, Thomas; Homer, J.; Bell, J.A.; Chace, Theophilus; Brown, Amos.

June 1, 1866 - June 13, 1866 (Box 28/Folder 3) : [33 digital images]

TOPICS:

American Express Company; Cornell University: buildings; American Institute; phonography.

HIGHLIGHTS:

June 9, 1866. Ezra Cornell to Thomas Hillhouse, State of New York Comptroller detailing Ezra Cornell's proposed use of the land scrip.

PEOPLE:

Sampson, W.S.; Cornell, D.B.; Greeley, Horace; Brown, Amos; Graham, Andrew J.

June 14, 1866 - July 2, 1866 (Box 28/Folder 4) : [51 digital images]

TOPICS:

Western Union Telegraph Company; telegraph business correspondence: stock; Cornell University: buildings, natural history collections; Land Grant Act.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Mary E.; Chace, Elijah C.

July 3, 1866 - July 23, 1866 (Box 28/Folder 5) : [51 digital images]

TOPICS:

Photo-lithography business; Cornell University: buildings; telegraph business correspondence: stocks; Minnesota lands; Wells College.

HIGHLIGHTS:

July 4, 1866. Andrew Dickson White to Ezra Cornell:
"I have heard of a new candidate for the Presidency of the University -- a Massachusetts judge of high standing. I confess that I would prefer some such man to a clergyman."

PEOPLE:

Page, John R.; White, Andrew Dickson; Kelly, William; Greene, J.N.; Rooker, Thomas N.; Miller, Stephen; Wells, Henry; Chester, E.W.; Bell, J.E.; Read, J.M., Jr.; Gould, Sara E.

July 24, 1866 - August 4, 1866 (Box 28/Folder 6) : [38 digital images]

TOPICS:

Western Union Telegraph Company; land scrip; Michigan lands; telegraph business correspondence: stocks; cattle.

HIGHLIGHTS:

August 4, 1866. Thomas Hillhouse to Ezra Cornell, receipt for bonds for the purchase of land scrip owned by the State.

August 4, 1866. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell from Albany:
"The struggle is over at last and I have just mailed 200 pieces of land scrip to Mr. Woodward and have written him that we will start for the west by Tuesday the 14th...
"I will however say that at last I have got it to suit me, [and] fully controll all the land scrip for four years whither I take and locate the whole or not. Cook or the Peoples College, and other colleges are powerless to trick or trouble it. I now feel for the first time that the destiny of the Cornell University was fixed, and that its ultimate endowment would be ample for the vast field of labor it embraces, and if properly organized for the developement of truth, industry and frugality it will become a power in the land which will controll and mold the future of this great state, and carry it onward and upward in its industrial developement, and support of civil and religious liberty, and its guarenty of equal rights and equal laws to all men."

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Wood, O.S.; Curtiss, George; Hillhouse, Thomas; Cornell, Mary Ann.

August 6, 1866 - August 29, 1866 (Box 28/Folder 7) : [59 digital images]

TOPICS:

Steam agricultural machinery; Western Union Telegraph Company; sheep; Cornell University; Kansas lands; telegraph business correspondence; Wisconsin lands.

HIGHLIGHTS:

August 24, 1866. Ezra Cornell to T.G. Alvord from Eau Claire, Wis.:
"I have just returned from a trip of three days in the pineries of the Chippawa sleeping two nights in such rude camp as we could construct of pine bows by the application of half an hours labor. Yesterday morning we were aroused from our slumber by the howling of a pack of wolves of a dozen or more counting by the noise and varying voices. They remained with us an hour and then mooved slowly on untill their howl was lost in the distance.
"...I have not time to write to Senator White. Please show this to him, and say that this land operation is going to be a success. It requires skill, hard work and capital, but all those it shall have, and the present and future youth of our State shall enjoy the blessings that shall flow from a richly endowed Institution of learning."

PEOPLE:

Horner, J.; Palmer, O.H.; Cornell, D.B.; Chace, E.C.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Chace, Theophilus; Putnam, H.C.

August 30, 1866 - October 5, 1866 (Box 28/Folder 8) : [58 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cattle; land scrip; Cornell University: students, natural history collections; telegraph business correspondence: stocks; Cascadilla Place.

HIGHLIGHTS:

September 18, 1866. Ezra Cornell to Theodore Townsand:
"...I then found that the land scrip would only sell for about fifty cents per acre in the large quantity offered, and I further proposed to purchase the scrip of the state, select good lands and locate the scrip thereon and sell the land as opirtunity offered, giving to the "Cornell University" all the profits arising from the sale of land, thus realizing two or three dollars per acre as we hope to do instead of fifty cents per acre by the sale of the scrip.
The Legislature accepted this proposition, and passed an act last session authurising the comptroller to sell the scrip to me on such conditions. In my agreement with the comptroller for the purchase of the scrip, I am to give him a mortgage on the land located as colateral security for the performance of my agrrement to pay the profits arising from the sale of the land over to the University, or to assign to the comptroller the Register certificate for the same purpose."

PEOPLE:

Cornell, D.B.; Townsand, T.; Cornell, J.W.

October 6, 1866 - October 29, 1866 (Box 28/Folder 9) : [66 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence: stock; cattle; agriculture; Photo-lithography business; Cornell University: recommendations for faculty; Chicago Historical Society.

PEOPLE:

Johnson, B.P.; Cornell, D.B.; Pollock, G.H.; Cornell, J.W.; Curtiss, George; Hillhouse, Thomas; White, Andrew Dickson.

October 30, 1866 - November 11, 1866 (Box 28/Folder 10) : [41 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: trustees, offers of collections; land scrip; Minnesota lands; Wisconsin lands; Chicago Historical Society; Kansas lands.

HIGHLIGHTS:

October 31, November 4, 1866. Horace Greeley to Ezra Cornell concerning his resignation from the Board of Trustees of Cornell University.

November 6, 1866. W.A. Woodward to Ezra Cornell from New York concerning a proposal to connect a Medical College about to be established in New York City with Cornell University.

PEOPLE:

White, Andrew Dickson; Sibley, Hiram; Parker, J.M.; Andrews, G.H.; Bell, J.E.; Cornell, Mary Ann; Kelly, William; Woodward, W.A.; Morgan, E.; Cornell, D.B.; Geddes, George.

November 18, 1866 - November 27, 1866 (Box 28/Folder 11) : [54 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: faculty, donations; committee to consider Medical College; Wisconsin lands; telegraph business correspondence.

HIGHLIGHTS:

November 24, 1866. William Kelly to Ezra Cornell:
"I write to congratulate you upon the election of our friend Senator White to the Presidency of the Cornell University, and to express my sincere gratification that we are to have the benefit of his intelligence, experience and energy in that responsible position."

PLACES:

Albany.

PEOPLE:

Woodward, W.A.; Wood, Phebe; Kelly, William; White, Andrew Dickson; Cornell, Betsy Ann.

November 28, 1866 - December 17, 1866 (Box 28/Folder 12) : [60 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: extension of opening, committee to consider Medical College; agriculture; Wisconsin lands; land scrip; railroads.

HIGHLIGHTS:

November 30, 1866. Andrew Dickson White to Ezra Cornell:
"I have thought much since arriving home upon the possible extension of time by the recent Act of Congress. We ought not to procrastinate to anything like the extent allowed by the law but we might put off the reception of students and the beginning to pay professors salaries for a year and be, I am inclined to think, in much better position for it..."

PEOPLE:

Geddes, George; White, Andrew Dickson; Chace, Thomas; Cornell, J.M.; Cornell, D.B.; Gurnsey, E.; Pinkham, Anna H.; Woodward, W.A.; Putnam, H.C.; Kyes, Eliza; Murdock, L.; Rooker, Thomas N.; Carey, F.G.

December 18, 1866 - December 27, 1866 (Box 28/Folder 13) : [45 digital images]

TOPICS:

Wisconsin State Historical Society; Cornell Public Library; Cornell University: faculty; Photo-lithography business.

HIGHLIGHTS:

December 24, 1866. John Stanton Gould to Ezra Cornell discussing Cornell University's postponement of opening, and possible faculty members.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Gould, John Stanton; Chace, Thomas; Rice, V.M.; Page, John R.; Hopkins, P.A.

December 28, 1866 - December 31, 1866 (Box 28/Folder 14) : [46 digital images]

TOPICS:

Agriculture; New York State Legislature.

PEOPLE:

Bell, J.E.; Cornell, Mary Ann; Pew, W.P.; Hopkins, P.A.; Chace, Miller; Chester, E.W.

January 1, 1867 - January 12, 1867 (Box 28/Folder 15) : [47 digital images]

TOPICS:

Photo-lithography business; temperance; Cornell University: faculty; Cornell Public Library.

PEOPLE:

Rooker, Thomas N.; Pinkham, F.W.; Hopkins, P.A.

January 13, 1867 - January 21, 1867 (Box 28/Folder 16) : [50 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence; railroads; New York State Legislature: letters from constituents; Cornell University; New York State Lunatic Asylum; Ithaca school building; telescopes; Wisconsin State Historical Society.

PLACES:

Ithaca; Wisconsin.

PEOPLE:

Curtiss, George; Chace, Thomas; Chester, E.W.; Rooker, Thomas N.; Cornell, E.B.; Drake, Mary J.; Cornell, D.B.; Boyle, C.B.

January 22, 1867 - January 27, 1867 (Box 28/Folder 17) : [41 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence; agricultural machinery; Cornell genealogy and family history; Photo-lithography business; railroads; cattle.

HIGHLIGHTS:

January 24, 1867. F.M. Finch to Ezra Cornell concerning Cornell University and Cornell Public Library.

PEOPLE:

Cook, A.E.; Rooker, Thomas N.; Finch, F.M.