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Bell, Alexander Graham (1847-1922) to C. F. Manahan

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02062 Author/Creator: Bell, Alexander Graham (1847-1922) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Letter signed Date: 12 March 1877 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 16 x 13 cm.

Summary of Content: Requests that Manahan make arrangements with Western Union Telegraph Company or the Atlantic & Pacific Telegraph Company to connect lines with his private line. Offers to repeat a telephone lecture in Lowell [Massachusetts] as long as the lines are connected, for a fee of $200. Written one year after the first telephone patent.

People: Bell, Alexander Graham, 1847-1922
Manahan, C. F., fl. 1877

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Subjects: Science and TechnologyTelegraphTelephoneFinance

Sub Era: The Gilded Age

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