The Mechanic Volume 3

The Mechanic Volume 3

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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. 1834 edition. Excerpt: putting a little water into a tight gun-barrel with a wad over it. The gun-barrel was then put into the forge fire, when, in a little while, it blew out the wad, with as loud a crack as if fired with gunpowder. His mind recurred, during the description, to his favorite subject, and he immediately thought that here was the power for his carriages, if he could only apply it. A work containing an account of an old atmospheric engine falling into his hands also, about this time, caused him to renew his studies with increased ardor, and he soon declared that he could make stenm-wagons, and had satisfied himself of their practicability by experiment. In 1786, he petitioned the legislature of Pennsylvania or an exclusive right to use his improvements in flourmills and steam-wagons in that stale. They granted his petition as far as it related to flour-mills, but took no notice of his steam-wagons, as on this point they believed him to be insane. The act is dated March, 1787. His next application was to the legislature of Maryland, to whom he explained his ideas in regard to steam-wagons, and by describing the great elastic power of steam, endeavored to show them the ease of reducing his principles to practice. The committee to whom it was referred, would probably have refused his petition as visionary, if Mr. Jesse Hollingsworth, of Baltimore, had not prudently observed, that as the grant could injure no one, he hoped the encouragement would be afforded, and there was a possibility of producing something useful. A favorable report was accordingly made, May 21, 1787, granting to him, his heirs, or assigns, for fourteen years, the exclusive right to use his improvements in flour-mills and steamwagons, in that state. Being now secured in his right, more

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  • Paperback | 134 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236551583
  • 9781236551580