By Simone Fari
This learn deals an research of the technological and entrepreneurial beneficial properties of the Victorian telegraph provider, including the corporations which ran it till nationalization in 1869. It exhibits a ancient reconstruction typically in line with unique and unedited records belonging to numerous data.
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94 The text of the agreement is in IET, WFC, SC, Mss 007, VI, 14. 95 “Mr. Wheatstone’s royalty would be a charge upon the joint Property. Its amount is as follows. For the first 10 miles of Telegraph laid down every year £20 per mile. For the second 10 miles £19. For the third 10 miles £18. For the fourth £17. For the fifth 10 miles £16. For all miles above 50 miles £15. Mr. Wheatstone has also a licence for the use of the inventions for certain domestic and other purposes, limited to distances of half a mile as the extreme extent of his communication”, IET, WFC, SC, Mss 007, II, 121, Statement respecting the Electric Telegraph, 9 May 1843.
105 Wheatstone pocketed £444 for the 1844 royalties, but as much as £2,775 for 1845, almost seven times as much. Data in IET, WFC, SC, Mss 007, II, respectively 122 and 152. 106 The letters on this negotiation are in IET, WFC, SC, Mss 007, VI, 1–11. 109 While busy negotiating with Wheatstone, Cooke also took steps to achieve two other objects. 112 The former had already played a crucial role for Cooke in the construction of telegraph lines along the London & Blackwall and Yarmouth & Norwich railways, while the latter was a high flyer in London business circles, a member of Parliament since 1841, and a scion of the historic family of brokers.
There were some sceptics, though a clear minority: “All the world’s a Bedlam. An old Gentleman’s opinion of things in general”, Leicestershire Mercury, 8 March 1845. 98 “There is little doubt that they will be extended to all the more vulnerable extremities of the land; and it is easy to see how vastly this beautiful invention, combined with railways, will add to the security of the Kingdom, both from foreign invasion and domestic insurrection. The electric wires, extending over the island, may be compared to the nerves ramified over the body, which gave instant notice of the slightest movement in the most distant member.
Victorian Telegraphy Before Nationalization by Simone Fari