"What Hath God Wrought" Telegraph Message

Description
Printed in Morse code and transcribed by Samuel Morse himself, this message was transmitted from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., over the nation's first long-distance telegraph line.
In 1843, Congress allocated $30,000 for Morse to build an electric telegraph line between Washington and Baltimore. Morse and his partner, Alfred Vail, completed the forty-mile line in May 1844. For the first transmissions, they used a quotation from the Bible, Numbers 23:23: "What hath God Printed in Morse code and transcribed by Samuel Morse himself, this confirmation message was transmitted from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., over the nation's first long-distance telegraph line. In 1843, Congress allocated $30,000 for Morse to build an electric telegraph line between Washington and Baltimore. Morse and his partner, Alfred Vail, completed the forty-mile line in May 1844. For the first transmissions, they used a quotation from the Bible, Numbers 23:23: "What hath God wrought." Morse, in the Capitol, sent the message to Vail at Mt. Claire Station in Baltimore. This paper tape is Vail’s return message confirming what was received.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
telegraph message
date made
1844-05-25
1844-05-24
associated date
1844-05-24
donated
1900-04-18
associated person
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese
maker
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 1/2 in x 27 3/4 in; 3.81 cm x 70.485 cm
place made
United States: Maryland, Baltimore
ID Number
EM*001028
catalog number
001028
accession number
65555
subject
Cultures & Communities
Family & Social Life
Government, Politics, and Reform
Industry & Manufacturing
Religion
Work
National Treasures exhibit
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Work and Industry: Electricity
National Treasures exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
from Edward Lind Morse
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Publication title
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author
National Museum of American History
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures

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