SAMUEL F. B. MORSE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/18/1853 - HFSID 41712
SAMUEL F.B. MORSE The inventor of the Morse Code and the electromagnetic telegraph writes to Rev. Dr. Sprague Autograph letter signed: "Saml F.B. Morse", 1p, 7¼x9¼. Po'keepsie, March 18, 1853 to Rev. Dr. Sprague, Albany.
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SAMUEL F.B. MORSE
The inventor of the Morse Code and the electromagnetic telegraph writes to Rev. Dr. Sprague
Autograph letter signed: "Saml F.B. Morse", 1p, 7¼x9¼. Po'keepsie, March 18, 1853 to Rev. Dr. Sprague, Albany. In full: "Your kind favor in answering to my inquiries is just received as I am passing through the village on my way to New York. I enclose Five dollars to purchase for me a copy of the Two volumes of the Transactions of the Albany Institute. If they could be sent immediately to New York to the care of my brothers (sic) N.Y. Observer Office I shall receive them there in good time to use them to advantage. Thanking you kindly for your attention, and hoping to see you at my house ere long." His journalist brothers, Sidney and Richard, had founded the New York Observer in 1823. Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791-1872) was an American painter and inventor. While attending Yale College Morse painted for a living and later studied art in Europe. His first wife died suddenly and Morse, heartbroken, became determined to formulate a faster way to send messages long distances. While returning by ship from Europe in 1832, Morse encountered Charles Thomas Jackson of Boston, a man who was well schooled in electromagnetism. Witnessing various experiments with Jackson's electromagnet, Morse developed the concept of a single-wire telegraph. On May 24, 1844, using a code of dots and dashes that he developed, sent the message, "What hath God wrought!" from the Supreme Court room in the Capitol building to Baltimore, the first successful application of the telegraph. In time the Morse code, which he developed, would become the primary language of telegraphy in the world. It is still the standard for rhythmic transmission of data. The original Morse telegraph, submitted with his patent application, is part of the collections of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution. Rev. Dr. William B. Sprague was Pastor of the 2nd Presbyterian Church in Albany, N.Y., from 1829-1869. At his death in 1876, Sprague's autograph collection numbered over 40,000 and was considered the largest and most valuable private collection in the United States, possibly the world. This letter was in that famous collection. Stains at top edge from mounting, folds, lightly creased just touching the "e" in Morse. Otherwise, fine condition.
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