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Author:
Rumsey, James, 1743-1792 (machinist, inventor)  Search this
Collector:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Transportation  Search this
Names:
Rumseyan Society  Search this
Stubbe, Robert  Search this
Extent:
0.15 Cubic feet (1 item)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Promissory notes
Place:
Pennsylvania -- 18th century
Date:
1788 January 28
Scope and Contents:
A promissory note of January 28, 1788 to Robert Stubbe for the sum of eighteen shillings and six pence, Pennsylvania currency. See Rumsey's article, "A Short Treatise on the Application of Steam, whereby is clearly shewn, from actual experiments, that steam may be applied to propel boats or vessels of any burthen against rapid currents with great velocity. The same Principles are also introduced with Effect, by a Machine of a simple and cheap Construction, for the Purpose of rasing Water sufficient for the working of Grist-mills, Saw-mills, &c. and for watering meadows and other purposes of agriculture" (Philadelphia, 1888), 26 pp., in Dibner Library, NMAH (copies in Archives Center collection control file).
Biographical / Historical:
American machinist and inventor who developed an early steamboat which he successfully demonstrated on the Potomac (1788) and on the Thames (1792) before his death in England on December 23, 1792.
Provenance:
Immediate source of acquisition unknown.
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment. Object is fragile and cannot be removed from its preservation mat.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Loans, Personal -- 18th century  Search this
Steamboats  Search this
Machinists  Search this
Water transport -- 18th century  Search this
Transportation  Search this
Inventors -- 18th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Promissory notes
Citation:
James Rumsey Promissory Note, 1788, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0216
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8dae62edf-9c95-44f2-aa8a-6725d4c482f8
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0216