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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04503.02 Author/Creator: Morse, Samuel Finley Breese (1791-1872) Place Written: Washington, D. C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 2 July 1844 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 24.5 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Replies to Fry's letter stating that he will inform him of his partners' decisions as soon as he hears from them. Comments that he is convalescent and will probably pass through Philadelphia to New York soon. Advises that if a satisfactory arrangement is made with a company for a telegraphic line from Philadelphia to New York, he will do what he can to secure Fry his desired situation.

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 FinanceInfrastructureOffice SeekerHealth and Medical

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