Book/Printed Material First telegraphic message---24 May 1844
About this Item
- First telegraphic message---24 May 1844
- Contributor Names
- Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872.
- Created / Published
- 24 May 1844
- Subject Headings
- - Ephemera
- - When decoded, this paper tape recording of the historic message transmitted by Samuel F. B. Morse reads, "What hath God wrought?" Morse sent it from the Supreme Court room in the U.S. Capitol in Washington to his assistant, Alfred Vail, in Baltimore. Morse's early system produced a paper copy with raised dots and dashes, which were translated later by an operator. Across the top of this artifact of his historic achievement Morse has given credit to Annie Ellsworth, the young daughter of a good friend, for suggesting the message he sent. She found it in the Bible, Numbers 23:23.
- Call Number/Physical Location
- Series: Miscellany
- MSS33670: box 71, folder 009
- Microfilm reel: 34
- Source Collection
- Samuel Finley Breese Morse papers, 1793-1944
- Manuscript Division
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Morse, Samuel Finley Breese. First telegraphic message---24 May. 24 May, 1844. Image. https://www.loc.gov/item/mmorse000107/.
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Morse, S. F. B. (1844) First telegraphic message---24 May. 24 May. [Image] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/mmorse000107/.
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Morse, Samuel Finley Breese. First telegraphic message---24 May. 24 May, 1844. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/mmorse000107/>.