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Monday, December 2, 2013

"I Must Tell You ..."

We live in a time of instant world-wide communication.  To us, it's almost incomprehensible that we can not get in touch or get information almost instantaneously.  Of course, it has not always been thus.

Samuel F.B. Morse is generally recognized as the inventor of the telegraph and the Morse Code which introduced people to the concept of long distance communication in times of emergency.  This concept was brought into existence through personal heartache when his first wife died.

Morse was born in 1791 in Massachusetts to a Calvinist preacher.  He was educated at Yale where he studied mathematics and the science of horses.  While there he also attended lectures on electricity.  His true interest was in painting and he set out to make a reputation for himself as a portrait artist.  In 1818 he married Lucretia Pickering Wallace, whom he was said to adore.

In 1825 he was commissioned by New York City to paint a portrait of Lafayette, who was visiting in Washington D. C. at the time.  He traveled there to do the painting.  While there, he received a message sent by horse and rider that his wife was "convalescent" following the birth of their 3rd child.  The next day he received a second message saying his wife was dead.

He left immediately for home, but by the time he arrived, she had already been buried.  He was distraught that she had been sick and failing while he was working unaware of her condition in another city.  He turned to the idea of inventing a means of rapid long distance communication.  He was issued a patent for the telegraph in 1840, which was later rescinded, then reissued in 1848. 

His first message was said to be "What has God wrought?"  Little did Morse realize that his first means of rapid long distance communication would set us on the road to all the avenues available to everyone in the world to accomplish what he set out to discover so very long ago.  Today it is so easy to share all we like with so many people at so little cost.  And it all started with his love and heartbreak.

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                 LIFE HAIKU #1

          Those who insist on
          Grabbing all the credit must
          Also claim the blame.

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  1. His longing to do something to help with the delivery of messages in a speedier fashion has indeed changed the world.
    I cannot imagine his grief when he received word of his wife's death. So sad.
    I did not know this about him.
    Thank you, Karen.
    Great big hugs to you from me!

    1. This is truly a case of someone taking the worst life has to offer and devoting himself to making things better for everyone. If only we all had the ability to approach life in such a fashion. - Karen

  2. Thanks for this Karen. I didn't know about Samuel Morse's sad part of his life. He certainly created his science at a time that was critical for the world, with the Second World War, and postal communications - Dave

    1. Hi Dave. Glad to have you back. And yes, his creativity gave mankind a marvelous devise to help in so many situations. And we never know just what another person has suffered or what they have gone through. - Karen

  3. Thinking of you and sending you another "hello." I am just checking in on you, Karen, to see how you are doing.

    1. Thanks for your concern,Jackie. I am well. There are family health issues that occupy a lot of my time and focus at times, but we seem back on track for the time being. "Thanks for stopping back by. - Karen