University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Samuel F. B. Morse Letters, 1839, 1860



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872, Hunt, Memucan, 1807-1856
Title: Samuel F. B. Morse letters
Dates: 1839, 1860
Abstract: The Samuel F. B. Morse Letters, 1839, 1860, include an 1839 letter offering the Republic of Texas sponsorship of Morse's wire telegraph and an 1860 letter withdrawing the previous offer.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.02313
Extent: 2 items
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Charleston, Massachusetts, inventor and painter Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791-1872), graduated from Yale College in 1810. Morse attended the Royal Academy of Arts in London, England and began a successful career in painting in Europe and the United States. In 1832, Morse developed the concept of the single-wire telegraph and Morse code. In 1938, Morse proposed his patent to the U.S. Government and the Republic of Texas, but failed to gain sponsorship. Morse succeeded in securing funding from the U.S. Government after a successful demonstration in 1842.

Born in Vance County, North Carolina, Memucan Hunt (1807-1856) was a planter and businessman in Mississippi before joining the Texan Army during the Texas Revolution. In 1837, Hunt became the first Minister of Texas to the United States. A year later, President Mirabeau B. Lamar appointed Hunt as Texas Secretary of the Navy.

Source: Neu, C. T. "Hunt, Memucan," Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed on February 17, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fhu31.


Scope and Contents

The first of two, Samuel F. B. Morse Letters, 1839, 1860, written in 1839 by Memucan Hunt to Mirabeau B. Lamar, recounts an earlier letter from Morse to Hunt, offering the Republic of Texas sponsorship of Morse's wire telegraph. In the second letter (1860) to Sam Houston, then governor of the state of Texas, Morse withdraws his 1839 offer as Texas was now part of the United States.


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Index Terms

Personal Names
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863.
Hunt, Memucan, 1807-1856
Lamar, Mirabeau B. (Mirabeau Buonaparte), 1798-1859
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872
Subjects
Morse code
Politics and government
Telegraph
Places
Republic of Texas
Texas

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Samuel F. B. Morse Letters, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

1965-171


Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

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2L141 [SRH1230009515] Transcript of letter from Memucan Hunt to M.B. Lamar, 1839
Copy of letter from Samuel Morse to Sam Houston, 1860