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Mary E. Brown Telegram,1850

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Mary E. Brown Telegram




Kentucky Historical Society. Special Collections & Archives. Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1931

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Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Mary E. Brown. Telegram, 1850, 92SC03,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.


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Scope and Content

This telegram, dated September 19, 1850, was an early message through that medium of communication in Kentucky.

The telegram bears the letterhead of the New Orleans & Ohio Telegraph Company's Louisville office, with the words "Morse's Patent" underneath the company name. (Samuel F.B. Morse patented the invention of the telegraph in 1843.) The telegram was sent from Bardstown by "C.E.M." to Mary E. Brown at the Commercial Hotel. The message requests the privilege of accompanying Brown to church "tomorrow evening." The sender instructed Brown to respond by telegraph, as the answer was prepaid.

The telegram is mounted on paper backing. A small label concerning the granting of the telegraph patent and the sending of the first message in 1844 is attached at the bottom.

Variant Name: New Orleans and Ohio Telegraph Company. Telegram

County: Nelson

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