From ––– Christin7
ALS: American Philosophical Society
<Carlsruhe, at the residence of the Margrave of Baden-Durlach,8 September 19, 1778, in French: Born in the canton of Bern, Switzerland, I have traveled through France, Holland, and Germany and devoted myself to clock-making and other works of precision. My ambition now is to submit to your judgment some of my inventions.
One of them is an oar for high free-board ships, designed in such a way that six of them can bring a vessel out of any port, away from currents, shoals and shallow waters, a mighty advantage in a war situation.
Another discovery I made concerns a machine for piercing metal: it would accelerate considerably the production of cannons.
Finally, I devised a new machine for cutting through steel and making files of all sizes by using the power of water, wind, or counterweights. A man operating it by himself could manufacture as many files as if he employed thirty workmen.
7. He signs himself “Horloger de la Cour.”
8. Karl-Friedrich, whose reign (1728–1811) was one of the last and most distinguished in the history of patriarchal absolutism. ADB.