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Morse, Samuel Finley Breese (1791-1872) to Mrs. M. Stuart

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06329.01 Author/Creator: Morse, Samuel Finley Breese (1791-1872) Place Written: Poughkeepsie, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 18 August 1865 Pagination: 2 p. ; 18.5 x 25 cm.

Summary of Content: Gives the address of William Goodrich in Paris. Also encloses his photograph (not present). Replies to her request for his opinion on the Atlantic telegraph by saying "I have always had full faith in its final accomplishment; It is practicable, and therefore the demands of the world will eventually accomplish it." He has faith that it will be completed despite the current gloomy prospects. Addressed to Stuart in Abington, Pennsylvania.

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
Stuart, Mrs. M., fl. 1865

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Women's HistoryInventorInventionTelegraphScience and Technology

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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