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Distant Writing

A History of the Telegraph Companies in Britain between 1838 and 1868

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London, England - December 4, 2012


The bulk of the textual content of Distant Writing was first published
on the internet on August 25, 2006

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Telegraph, from the Greek “tele”, distant, and “graphos”, writing

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