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Field, Cyrus West (1819-1892) to James W. Patterson re: documents, asking views on the Pacific telegraph

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04731 Author/Creator: Field, Cyrus West (1819-1892) Place Written: New York Type: Letter signed Date: 1871/10/17 Pagination: 1 p. 24.9 x 19.8 cm

Summary of Content: Sending him documents sent to Russians (who were possibly interested in his project), and asking for his thoughts on the telegraph. The document has a large dark liquid stain slightly affecting text.

People: Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West)., 1819-1892

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Australia and Pacific IslandsAsiaTelegraphGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsScience and Technology

Sub Era: Reconstruction

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