MORSE, SAMUEL. 1791-1872.
Autograph Document Signed ("S.F.B. Morse. Sup.[erintendent] Elec.[tric] Mag.[netic] Tel.[egraph]") and dated, 1 p, folio, New York, July 10, 1843, being an "Abstract C.[opy?] of exp.[enses] on acc.[oun]t of Labor for Elec.[tro] Mag.[netic] Telegraph for month ending July 10th 1843," headed "Copy 4th Report," on ruled paper, folds, slightest waterstain at left margin.
THE FIRST TELEGRAPH IN AMERICA. Having demonstrated in 1838 the transfer of his system of dots and dashes to paper, Morse persuaded Congress to fund an experimental telegraph line from the Supreme Court to the Mount Clare Depot in Baltimore. The present document lists laborers involved in the construction and their wages. On May 24, 1844, the first ever telegraph in the US was sent: the prophetic message, "What hath God wrought?"