Telegram to H C Russell from E D Archibald, 26 November 1890

November 26, 2008

Letter by H C Russell, 26 November 1890

26

ISSUED FORM.
New South Wales Electric Telegraph.
COLONIAL AND INTERCOLONIAL LINES.

Stamped:
NEW SOUTH WALES
ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH OFFICE
SYDNEY
NOV 26
1890

Received at 1 h. 24 m.
Reference No. 49
No. of Words. 11
Amount Paid 2/2

TELEGRAM from ADELAIDE Station,
Addressed to Russell
Obsy
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(You are requested to give no fee or gratuity to the Messenger. Please enter time of delivery and sign Ticket Book.)

Lost your letter to Todd. Kindly send me another by return ~
E. Douglas Archibald
United Serv Hotel
Time 12 h. 25 m.

Pencil notation across telegram – ‘See page 32’. [See next entry for item at page 32.]

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3 responses to “Telegram to H C Russell from E D Archibald, 26 November 1890

  • Thanks Bob – I’ve made the changes you’ve suggested.
    There are a few other letters to Russell among the letters in this project. There were letters on 20 July, 4, 30 and 31 August 1887 from H A Lenehan (who was Acting Government Astronomer while Russell was away) to Russell; one on 20 August 1891 from Slowman (?) to Russell (seeking a pay rise); and one on 29 August 1891 from H P Sellors (?) to Russell seeking an additional allowance. There’s another one coming up on 16 January from H A Lenehan to Russell.

  • Also, the sender is signing:

    “E. Douglas Archibald”

    and I believe he is giving his address as:

    “United Serv Hotel” which would almost certainly be United Services Hotel, although I can’t locate one of those in Adelaide of 1890.

    In transcribing a telegraphic message it is worth remembering that apart from the eleven words which the customer is paying to transmit, the operating telegraphist will try to abbreviate the other parts of the message as much as possible to reduce keying of the telegraph key.

    And another thing, the headline for this blog entry could perhaps read:

    “Telegram TO H C Russell.”

    This is the first time I’ve noticed any correspondence TO Russell amongst these pages.

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