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The great importance of the subject of the following communication must be my apology for intruding on your time. A bill respecting the naval establishment has, I find, been reported in the house of representatives, by which, among other things, it is provided that Dollars be appropriated to the purpose of establishing a dock-yard for repairing the vessels of war in such central and convenient...
Ca. 4 June 1812. “Considering the enclosed Pamphlet to contain matter w⟨or⟩thy the serious attention of the General Government ⟨I⟩ now take the liberty of addressing one to you for your perusal.” FC ( NjHi : Stevens Family Papers). Undated; date assigned here on the basis that the FC is written on the verso of the FC of a 4 June 1812 letter from Stevens to Samuel L. Mitchill. The enclosure to...
The enclosed copies of letters, together with the certificates of Com. Decatur and Cap. Porter will give you some idea of the nature and importance of the shells with which the experiments therein mentioned were made. If I do not grossly deceive myself, these Shells are calculated ultimately to produce an entire revolution in naval and military tactics. A few heavy guns will be sufficient to...
Intending shortly to embark for some port in France, and to proceed thence with all convenient speed to Paris, I now take the liberty of advising Your Excely. thereof—and should the Secretary of State have occasion to transmit any dispatches to our Ministers in Europe I shall be happy to have the honor of taking charge of them. My Son and myself have now finished a most satisfactory series of...
In pursuance of the directions of the Secretary of the Navy a number of experiments were made at Fort Columbus, on Governor’s Island near New York, with elongated shells, in the presence of Capn. Samuel Evans Supt. of the Navy Yard. This report, with some other documents, I had the honor to put into the hands of your Excellency yesterday. Commodores Rodgers and Porter, Comms. of the Navy...
The enclosed is a copy of a letter addressed to the Secretary of war. As I have received no answer to it, I am to conclude that the object is not considered of sufficient inportance to attract the attention of Government. Suffer me, however, to say that nothing short of a most thorough conviction of the immense importance of this business could ever have induced me at my advanced age to have...
From Providence in the state of Rhode Island to Savannah, Georgia, a distance of more than a thousand miles, is an inland navigation through rivers, bays, and sounds, with interruptions at only four different portages ... amounting ... to not much more than a hundred miles: ... New Brunswick to Trenton ... 25 miles ... Across from the Delaware to the Chesapeake ... at a point between Newcastle...
Requests extension of patent, granted to him in 1810 by James Madison for improvements on steam engine and boiler. NjHi .
The difficulties, dangers, delay & expense of transportation, experienced by the public as well as by individuals, during the late war with Great Britain, have fully demonstrated the necessity of effecting, if practicable, facile, cheap & expeditious means of communication generally throughout the Union, but more especially between the Eastern & Southern States parallel with the Sea Coast. But...