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I did myself the Honor of addressing , you and inclosing to you, from the Bahamas some time ago two letters (one from my Deceased mother Lady Dunmore , & the other from my Sister Lady Virginia ) calling on her Godfathers in your State to fulfil their promise, of making an ample provision for her—which promise, circumstances had before prevented her from bringing before them— but as both her...
[ 10 May 1791 ]. He enumerates “improvements respecting the generation of steam and the application thereof to different purposes,” including two types of boilers, an improvement of Savery’s machine for raising water, a method of using steam to work a “forcing pump” to supply a boiler with water, and new techniques for raising water and working bellows using steam-driven pistons which he has...
The vast importance, in my humble opinion, of the subject matter of the communications herewith enclosed must be my apology for the liberty I now take in requesting your perusal of them. Should the object proposed to the consideration of the general government meet your approbation, or be considered by you of sufficient moment to induce you to favour me with an expression of your sentiments...
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...
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 Excelcy. thereof. And should the Secretary of State have occasion to transmit any despatches 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...
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...
Letter not found. 15 April 1803. Mentioned in William Thornton to Stevens, 29 Apr. 1803 (listed in the preliminary volume of Calendar of the Stevens Family Papers [Newark, N.J., 1940], item 244), as dealing with Stevens’s boiler invention. In 1996 the New Jersey Historical Society was unable to locate Thornton’s letter. On 11 Apr. 1803 a patent for “a new and useful improvement In producing...
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...