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Morse, Samuel Finley Breese (1791-1872) to Edward P. Fry

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04503.01 Author/Creator: Morse, Samuel Finley Breese (1791-1872) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: July 1844 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 20 x 25 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes that he has seen Mr. Smith who will be at his office tomorrow morning. States that Mr. Burbank, the man who is in charge of negotiations for Morse, is at Lovejoy's Hotel and advises Fry to bring this letter as an introduction. Dated Wednesday morning.

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
Fry, Edward P., fl. 1844-1870

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: TelegraphScience and TechnologyInventionInventorFinanceBusiness and FinanceInfrastructureLetter of Introduction or Recommendation

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