Excerpt from The Civil Engineer and Architect's Journal, Scientific and Railway Gazette, 1848, Vol. 11 The operations may be considered as having begun with Mr. Cooke and Professor Wheatstone, who, after labouring singly for some time, in 1837 took out their first patent. It is understood that Professor Wheatstone applied himself more to the purer philo sophical experiments, and that Mr. Cooke has taken charge of the practical detail, and at last brought the invention to its present bearing. We say nothing of other parties who have laboured on this subject, for our business is now with the Electric Telegraph Company. Soon after Messrs. Cooke and Wheatstone took out their patent, they laid down a line nineteen miles long on the Great Western railway, between London and Slough, the working of which was most successful, although of course it did not satisfy those who thought the system might fail if extended to Liverpool or York. It took many years to urge the system forward, and it was not till 1846 that a company was incorporated, called the Electric Telegraph Company, for carrying it out on alarge scale. Con tracts had however been made, and works carried on, so that before the act of incorporation the company was already in activity, and had by the end of 1846 laid down 1000 miles of telegraph. At the same date Professor Morse, in America, had laid down 1600 miles.
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