[New York]: Ira Berry, 1858. 30, [2 blanks] pp. Stitched, original printed wrappers with wrapper title. Front wrapper spotted, otherwise margin spotting [occasionally into text]. Good+.
Morse and Vail charged that Smith had breached his promise to settle O'Reilly's claims against them; and that Smith had intended to defraud them. O'Reilly had agreed with Morse to raise the capital for constructing telegraph lines from Eastern Pennsylvania to St. Louis and the Great Lakes, but the effort failed of completion and resulted in this litigation.
The case illuminates the early commercial application of the telegraph. Morse suffered "the harassments of almost continuous litigation and detraction. Of all his enemies Francis Ormond Jonathan Smith, a former Congressman from Maine, who had championed Morse in Congress and had become one of his partners, proved the most unscrupulous and implacable, pursuing the inventor even to his death-bed" [DAB].
Not in Cohen. Item #35848