"I never saw why I had to give up science in order to write, or the other way around, so I didn't!"
This reference to transmitting an object from place to place is not as early as you might think; however, it is probably the first use of this modern term to describe it.
For an earlier (maybe earliest) use of the concept, see the entry for the telepomp from the still-enjoyable 1877 story The Man Without a Body by Edward Page Mitchell.
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