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    Samuel F. B. Morse, 1836 Autograph Document Signed "Saml: F. B. Morse". One page, 4.25" x 6.25", New York, February 3, 1836. A receipt from "...the University of the City of N. York the sum of Eighteen dollars, (the price of a Nott stove to be fixed by the University in my room,) towards defraying the expense of an Olmstead stove, I having permission to substitute the latter kind for the former..." Mounted to another sheet with pencil notations on verso by a collector who notes that it was in the room mentioned here by Morse that he developed the telegraph. "Samuel Morse accepted an appointment as professor of the literature of the arts of design at the University of the City of New York in 1835. He occupied the front rooms on the third floor in the north wing of the university building, looking out on Washington Square. It was in this room that Morse developed the first working telegraphic. According to Morse he 'made as it was and completed before the first of the year 1836. I was enabled to and did mark down telegraphic intelligible signs, and to make and did snake distinguishable signs for telegraphing; and, having arrived at that point, I exhibited it to some of my friends early in that year, and among others to Prof. Leonard D. Gale.'" Mounted to another sheet with minor marginal faults and the expected folds, otherwise very bright and clean. A superb association piece, a receipt for a stove for the rooms in which he developed the first working telegraph apparatus.

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