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Morse, Samuel Finley Breese (1791-1872) to Catherine Pattison

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06328 Author/Creator: Morse, Samuel Finley Breese (1791-1872) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 27 August 1837 Pagination: 4 p. : address ; 25 x 20.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Mentions visiting Boston, Plymouth, and Cape Cod where he made a search for the relics of the Mayflower and the Pilgrims. Updates her on the progress of the telegraph. Reports that the telegraph is testing well but expresses some anxiety over being beaten to the punch. " ... I have reason to fear that other nations will have taken the hint, and will rob me both of the credit and the profit." Mentions what is being printed in journals about the issue. Comments on visiting her and tells her he loves receiving her letters. Discusses the works of Hannah More, an English evangelical writer and proclaims his views on religion. Separate address leaf page.

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
Pattison, Catherine A., fl. 1837
More, Hannah, 1745-1833

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Women's HistoryInventorInventionTelegraphScience and TechnologyForeign AffairsReligionImmigration and MigrationGlobal History and Civics

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