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Memorandum from Morse to his assistant, Alfred Vail Memorandum from Morse to his assistant, Alfred Vail, 15 October 1844

With remarkable foresight, Morse, already keenly aware of the potential for misuse of this new communication medium, writes to his assistant in Washington. Only months after the telegraph has begun operation, Morse warns Vail to "be especially careful not to give a partisan character to any information you may transmit." Morse's instructions display the degree of insight he has regarding the importance of objectivity and accuracy necessary for both the messenger and the message.

The Papers of Samuel Finley Breese Morse
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