A Lost Chapter in the History of the Steamboat, Volume 268

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Էջ 42 - The United States of America To All to Whom These Letters Patent Shall Come: Whereas, Theodore R.
Էջ 29 - I have received yours of the 30th of September, in which you propose to communicate to me the principles of an invention which you say you have discovered respecting the moving of ships by the means of steam. It is a subject on which I have made important discoveries. I shall be glad to receive the communication which you intend, as I have made the principles of mechanics my particular study,
Էջ 42 - ... discoverer of the said improvement; hath paid into the treasury of the United States the sum of thirty dollars delivered a receipt for the same, and presented a petition to the Secretary of State, signifying a desire of obtaining an exclusive property in the said improvement, and praying that a patent may be granted for that purpose. These are therefore to grant, according to...
Էջ 29 - Fulton's experiments had evinced the justness of his principles, they entered into a contract, by which it was, among other things, agreed, that a patent should be taken out in the United States, in Mr. Fulton's name, which Mr. Livingston well knew could not be done without Mr. Fulton's taking an oath that the improvement was solely his. " In the American Medical and Philosophical Register, there is a piece published under the title of ' An Historical Account of the Application of Steam for the Propelling...
Էջ 24 - Robert R. Livingston, Esq., when minister in France, met with Mr. Fulton, and they formed that friendship and connection with each other to which a similarity of pursuits generally gives birth. He communicated to Mr. Fulton the importance of steamboats to their common country, informed him of what had been attempted in America and of his resolution to resume the pursuit on his return, and advised him to turn his attention to the subject.
Էջ 35 - ... to shift according to the power they require either deeper in the water or otherwise, and that we navigate the vessel with these until we can procure an engine of the proper size, which I think ought not to be less than 24-inch cylinder.
Էջ 19 - I say nothing on the subject of WHEELS OVER THE SIDES as I am perfectly convinced from a variety of experiments of the superiority of those we have adopted.
Էջ 23 - March, 1798, passed an act vesting Mr. Livingston with the exclusive right and privilege of navigating all kinds of boats which might be propelled by the force of fire or steam, on all the waters within the territory or jurisdiction of the state of New York...
Էջ 17 - ... scale has exceeded my expectations. I was about writing to England for a steam machine but hearing of your wish, I was willing to treat with you on terms which I believe you will find advantageous for the use of my invention.
Էջ 15 - ... boat through the water by the agency of a tight cord passed between the wheels and being re-acted on by the springs.

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