Vail is a man to be proud of. He was the real technical force behind the development of the electric telegraph, but Morse claimed virtually all the publicity and credit. Vail's contract with Morse specified that the publicity and credit were to go to Morse. I am coming to believe that if Morse had not chosen Vail to do the "engineering" for the project, the telegraph may have ended up as some strange and weird contraption. Hiring Vail was one of Morse's best ideas--and Morse did have great ideas--he just lacked the technical savvy to bring them to fruition.