The History of the E. I. Du Pont de Nemours Powder Company; A Century of Success
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ... to stop his sailing. Lammot du Pont was equal to the occasion. He demanded the officer's authority and agreed to go with him to the customs house to see his credentials, although he probably knew well enough that the British government had decided not to allow so much saltpeter to leave the country. Before accompanying the officer he whispered to the captain: "Load every pound of saltpeter as quickly as possible, and be ready to sail at a moment's notice." On their way to the custom house, Lammot induced the customs officer to have luncheon with him, and so much time was consumed in jollity, that the captain had an opportunity to get every pound of the precious cargo on board. Lammot found when he reached the custom house that the order to stop the shipment came from Lord Palmerston, the British premier, but none the less when he returned to the ship, he gave instructions to sail on the high tide, at four the next morning. When the time for sailing arrived, a file of redcoats was on the wharf and, despite his strategy, Lammot could not get his shipful of saltpeter out of port. He at once returned to the United States and went to see Lincoln. Boldly he suggested that the American Government threaten war with England if permission to ship the saltpeter was not given. Secretary Seward gave him the necessary credentials, and he turned about and sailed for England again. When he called upon Lord Palmerston the premier refused to see him, and four times he called only to receive the same rebuff. The last time he rushed past the attendant, who tried in vain to bar his passage, walked quickly into the premier's private of AMERICAN TROOPS GUARDING DU PONT POWDER WORKS ON THE BRANDYWINE, NEAR WILMINGTON, DEL., DURING THE WAR OF 1812. fice and...
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