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CONCISE HISTORY

... OF THE . . .

ATLANTIC CABLE

. . . AND THE . . .

COMMERCIAL CABLE COMPANY.

On the 16th of June, 1845, Mr. Jacob Brett, an Englishman, registered in London " The General Oceanic Telegraph Company," whose stated object was "to form a connecting mode of communication by telegraph means from the British Islands and across the Atlantic Ocean to Nova Scotia and the Canadas, the Colonies and Continental Kingdoms.''

Five years later, on November 8th, 1850, Bishop Mullock, the then head of the Roman Catholic Church in Newfoundland, in writing to the St. Johns (Newfoundland) Courier, advocated that port as an American telegraph station, '' so that news brought over by mail steamers could be communicated to the whole American continent forty-eight hours sooner than by any other route.'' The Bishop concluded his letter as follows :

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