Autograph letter signed to Latimer Clark

Scudamore, Frank Ives

Publication Date: 1873
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Scudamore, Frank Ives (1823-84). A.L.s. to Latimer Clark. N.p., May 12, 1873. 2pp. 186 x 115 mm. A few finger-marks. Provenance: Latimer Clark. Scudamore went to work for the British Post Office in 1841, and by 1856 had risen to the post of receiver and accountant general in that organization. In 1865 he wrote a report recommending that the British government assume control of Britain's telegraph lines, which were then privately owned and closely associated with various British railroad companies. During the next few years Scudamore played a crucial role in negotiations leading to the passage of two important parliamentary acts: the first of these, ratified in 1868, empowered the state to take over all the telegraph systems in the country, and the second, enacted in 1869, gave the British Post Office a monopoly over telegraphic communication. Scudamore's letter to Clark reads as follows: "I am very much obliged to you for sending me the enclosed votes but I am happy to tell you that my candidate was admitted at the last election. I would have sent the paper direct to Lady Suffolk, but it requires your signature before it can be used, and it would therefore have to be returned to you in any case." Origins of Cyberspace 194. Bookseller Inventory # 40774

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Title: Autograph letter signed to Latimer Clark

Publication Date: 1873

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