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Samuel F. B. Morse Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

SAMUEL F. B. MORSE
Born: April 27, 1791 in Charlestown, Massachusetts
Died: April 2, 1872 in New York City, New York
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amuel 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.
  • SAMUEL F. B. MORSE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/03/1854  - HFSID 40983
    SAMUEL F.B. MORSE He signs a glowing (1854) autograph letter, enthusiastically recommending his former assistant Otis Wood to any prospective employer. Framed in a Gallery of History display to 36x22 ALS: "Sam. F.B. Morse," 1½ pages, 7½x9¾. Po'keepsie, 1854 February 3.To Otis E. Wood, Esq., Utica.

    Sale Price $2,975.00

    $3,500.00

  • SAMUEL F. B. MORSE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/24/1844  - HFSID 67939
    SAMUEL F.B. MORSE The artist and inventor signs this letter to F. O. J. Smith regarding vague matters, dated three months before the first message was sent over telegraph Autograph letter signed: "Saml F.B. Morse", 1p, 7½x9½. Washington, 1844 February 24.

    Sale Price $1,530.00

    $1,800.00

  • SAMUEL F. B. MORSE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/16/1860  - HFSID 283743
    SAMUEL F. B. MORSE Signed Autograph Letter (1860), reporting that he has had ambrotypes of himself made Autograph Letter signed: "Saml. F. B. Morse", 1 page, 4½x7½. New York, N.Y., 1860 March 16. To John Skiving, Germantown, Pennsylvania.

    Sale Price $1,530.00

    $1,800.00

  • SAMUEL F. B. MORSE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/01/1843  - HFSID 285975
    One year before his first successful telegraph message, Morse signs an autograph letter to Treasury Secretary John Spencer, explaining that the cost of preparing the wire will be $10 more than his previous estimate. He'll still come in under budget!

    Sale Price $8,000.00

    $10,000.00

  • SAMUEL F. B. MORSE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/18/1843  - HFSID 285976
    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.

    Sale Price $8,500.00

    $10,000.00

  • SAMUEL F. B. MORSE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 06/02/1856  - HFSID 40984
    SAMUEL F.B. MORSE The telegraph inventor and artist signs this letter giving gratification to the Trimount Literary Association Autograph letter signed: "Saml F.B. Morse", 1p, 4¼x6½. Po'keepsie, 1856 June 2. To Henry P. Dall, Esq., Secretary of the Trimount Literary Association.

    Sale Price $1,530.00

    $1,800.00

  • SAMUEL F. B. MORSE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/23/1849  - HFSID 36927
    The artist and inventor signs this letter recommending that Congress purchase letters of General Henry Knox owned by a lady and wishing the courts would effectively put an end to the pirating of his telegraph invention.

    Sale Price $2,975.00

    $3,500.00

  • SAMUEL F. B. MORSE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/08/1868  - HFSID 285860
    SAMUEL F.B. MORSE His signed, handwritten letter to telegraphic expert Robert Sabine (1868), insisting that he be given journal space to refute "Hamel's calumnious paper read before the Society of Arts". ALS: "Saml F.B. Morse, 3 pages, 5x8. Po'keepsie, N.York,1868 August 8.

    Sale Price $2,975.00

    $3,500.00

  • SAMUEL F. B. MORSE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/22/1863 CO-SIGNED BY: SARAH ELIZ - HFSID 31729
    SAMUEL F.B. MORSE and SARAH E. MORSE The two sign a 3-page, handwritten 1863 letter to their son Willy, away at school Autograph letter signed: "Yr Affectionate Father/Saml F.B. Morse" and "Your loving mother/S.E. Morse", 1 page, 4½x7½. 5 West 32nd Street, 1863 November 22. To their son Willy.

    Sale Price $1,870.00

    $2,200.00

  • SAMUEL F. B. MORSE - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 03/25/1871  - HFSID 84764
    SAMUEL F.B. MORSE The painter and inventor of Morse code signs this letter inviting Thomas Addison Richards to an art and culture gathering Manuscript letter signed: "Saml. F.B. Morse", 1¼p, 5x8. New York City, 1871 March 25. To T. Addison Richards, Esqr. Begins: "Dear Sir".

    Sale Price $1,530.00

    $1,800.00

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