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Morse, Samuel Finley Breese (1791-1872) to J. F. Frazer

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04480.01 Author/Creator: Morse, Samuel Finley Breese (1791-1872) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 14 September 1849 Pagination: 1 p. ; 23.3 x 20.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Asks if he can use Frazer's copy of Moigno's "Traite de Telegraphic," and replace it at a later date so that he may have it on hand during the trial next month. Reports that he tried to purchase the book but the bookstore was out of it. He has ordered one from France with which he will replace Frazer's copy. Addresses Frazer as Professor. Written from Jones Hotel, no city or state.

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. See More

People: Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872
Frazer, J. F., fl. 1849
Moigno, François-Napoléon-Marie, 1804-1884

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: InventionInventorScience and TechnologyTelegraphLawPatentFrance

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