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Featured Document: June 6, 1844


Photo of page 1 Electromagnetic Telegraph

To test Morse's invention, Congress appropriated $30,000 to underwrite the experiment. After successfully completing this test, Morse reported his findings regarding the system's "practicability and utility." The practicability of the invention "is fully proved," Morse claimed, pointing to the daily transmittal of important news reports. "In regard to the utility of the telegraph," he speculated, "time alone can determine and develop the whole capacity for good of so perfect a system."