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    Samuel Morse Two-page Autograph Document Regarding Parts for the First Telegraph Samuel F. B. Morse (1791-1872), inventor of the telegraph in 1838, tapped out "What hath God wrought?" when sending the first telegraph message from Washington to Baltimore in 1844. Also a successful artist, he was a principal founder of the National Academy of Design, and painted Benjamin Franklin flying his kite in a storm. An autograph document, possibly a draft, with numerous corrections, in ink over pencil. One sheet, written on both sides. It reads: "Note -- By a contract made with the consent of the Department with F. O. J. Smith in consequence of the failure of Terrill to supply pipe as contracted for by him, there was a saving made to the U.S. (as will be seen by the memorandum of F. O. J. Smith) herewith transmitted of $588.06 being one half of the Amo. of profit to him, from the manufacture of the pipe by a method derived by me, and he relinquished one half to me, which will be credited to the U.S. whenever the Contract is complete. But in consequence of the pipe being in defective, which although all delivered by F. O. J. Smith the final payments have not yet been made, and until the final settlement is made the one half of the profits to him under said supplemental contract cannot be ascertained, and is not therefore credited in this account." Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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    April, 2005
    13th Wednesday
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