Posted on | December 6, 2012 | 1 Comment
In The Victorian Internet, Tom Standage tells the story of F. B. Morse, inventor of the Morse code, whose wife Lucretia ‘died suddenly at their home in New Haven, Connecticut on the afternoon of Feb 7, 1825.’ Away on business, Morse remained oblivious: “I long to hear from you,” he wrote on February 10, at which point she was already dead. By the time Morse received the news of Lucretia’s passing, in a letter sent by his father, it was the day before her funeral. Travelling as fast as he could from Washington, Morse could only make it home the following week, and was unable to see his wife again before her burial. It would be another seven years before Morse came up with the idea that led him to invent code, the communication system that hastened the speed of messages for good, and helped so many others avoid the tragedy that marked the end of his marriage.