Lite of John Fitch

Lite of John Fitch

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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. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ...from sixty to one hundred miles per day. I know this will appear strange and improbable to many persons, yet I am very certain it may be performed; besides, it is simple (when understood), and is also strictly philosophical. " The principle of this boat I am very cautious not to explain, as it would be easily executed by an ingenious person. The plan I mean to persue is to put both the machines on board of "boats built on a large scale;1 and then, sir, if you would be kind enough to see them make actual performances, I should not doubt but that the Assemblies would allow me something handsome; which would be the more advantageous to the public than to give me the exclusive right of using them." To this letter it is averred that General Washington made this reply: " It gives me much pleasure to find by your letter that you are not less sanguine in your boat project than when I saw you in Richmond; and that you have made such further discoveries as will render them more extensively useful than was at first expected. You have my best wishes for the success of your plan." Major-General Horatio Gates, Rev. Robert Stubbs, teacher of the Academy in Sheperdstown, Abraham Shepherd, William Brice, David Gray, John Morrow, Henry Bedinger, Thomas White, and Charles Morrowcertified that they saw Rumsey's boat move against the current of the Potomac on the 3d of December, 1787, with two tons on board, exclusive of the machinery, at the rate of three miles an hour, by the force of steam, without any external application whatever. Moses Hage, Cornelius Wynkoop, John Mark, Benoni Swearingen, John Morrow, Joseph Swearingen, Charles Morrow, Thomas White, Robert Stubbs, Abraham Shepherd, and Henry Bedinger testified that 1 Two boats were connected in Rumsey's model...show more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123665885X
  • 9781236658852