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Morse, Samuel Finley Breese (1791-1872) to John C. Spencer

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02113 Author/Creator: Morse, Samuel Finley Breese (1791-1872) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 15 March 1844 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 25 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Answers Spencer's questions about matters involving telegraphic conductors. Gives information on who will supply the pipe, pricing and payment, and delivery of it. States that he first found out about the deficiencies of the pipe on 6 December 1843. With an addition in a different ink at the end of the last paragraph.

Background Information: Morse is credited with inventing the telegraph and Morse code. In 1844, he sent the first telegraphic message, from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., "What hath God wrought!" He was also ...an accomplished artist and politician. Spencer was the Secretary of the Treasury.See More

People: Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872
Spencer, John C. (John Canfield)., 1788-1855

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: TelegraphScience and TechnologyIndustryFinance

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