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SAMUEL F. B. MORSE - AUTOGRAPH QUOTATION SIGNED 12/30/1846 - HFSID 287782

SAMUEL F. B. MORSE He has handwritten William Cowper's poem "Sunset and Sunrise", signed by Morse two years after he sent the first telegraph message. Autograph Quotation Signed: "Saml F. B. Morse", 1 page, 5x3. No place, 1846 December 30. Poem (and hymn) "Sunset and Sunrise"

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SAMUEL F. B. MORSE
He has handwritten William Cowper's poem "Sunset and Sunrise", signed by Morse two years after he sent the first telegraph message.
Autograph Quotation Signed: "Saml F. B. Morse", 1 page, 5x3. No place, 1846 December 30. Poem (and hymn) "Sunset and Sunrise". In full: "Contemplate, when the Sun declines/Thy death with deep reflections;/And when again he rising shines/Thy day of resurrection./Cowper". Samuel F. B. Morse (1791-1872) was an accomplished portrait and mural painter and founder of the National Academy of Design. On a trip to Europe in 1830, while observing French semaphores, and realized that messages could be sent even more quickly using an electrical spark. In March 1843, he won a grant from the US Congress to build the first telegraph line. He sent the first successful telegraph message from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore on May 24, 1844. His code for message transmission became, of course, the system of dots and dashes known as Morse code. Morse built telegraph lines across the country while battling rivals in the courts. William Cowper (1731-1800) was an English poet and hymnist admired by the Romantic poets. Lightly toned at lower edge. Mounting residue on verso. Otherwise, fine conditon.

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