SAMUEL F. B. MORSE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/18/1843 - HFSID 285976
Sale Price $8,500.00
SAMUEL F.B. MORSE
One year before he sent his first telegraph message, Morse signs an autograph letter to Treasury Secretary Spencer, requesting $600 to cover the cost of his lab and office.
Important ALS: "Saml F.B. Morse", 1 page, 8x10. New York, 1843 May 18. To Secretary of the Treasury John C. Spencer, who has penned: "Approved/J.C.S." on verso of the integral sheet. In full: "I have engaged eligible rooms for my laboratory and Office at the rate of Four hundred dollars pr annum from the 1st of May instant, which I have the honor to submit for the approbation of the Honorable the Secretary. The sum contemplated in my estimates of the 10th of March handed in to the Department is Six hundred dollars." On March 3, 1843, Congress granted Morse $30,000 to build a telegraph line on poles. The law provided the money "for testing the capacity and usefulness of the system of electro-magnetic telegraphs invented by Samuel F.B. Morse of New York" so any other funds, such as rent for his laboratory and office, had to be applied for by Morse. An experimental telegraph line was built by Morse between Washington and Baltimore and, a year after this letter was written, on May 24, 1844, Morse sent the first message: "What hath God wrought!" Folds, vertical fold touches the "F.", horizontal fold touches the upper portions of the "S" and "l" in Samuel and the "F", "B" and "M". Lightly shaded at upper blank edge and at lower horizontal fold. Overall, fine condition.
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