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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04503.03 Author/Creator: Morse, Samuel Finley Breese (1791-1872) Place Written: Washington, D. C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 10 July 1844 Pagination: 3 p. : address : docket ; 24.5 x 19.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes that he has just received word from his partners that a proprietor will contract to complete a telegraph line from Philadelphia to New York for $60,000 to be finished by 1 January 1845. Includes technical details about the line and how the payments will be made. Informs that he will attend to procuring and training young men to use the system if compensated. Gives Fry 20 days to accept the offered terms. Addressed to Fry in Philadelphia.

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. 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 FinanceInfrastructureContractEducation

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