MANUSCRIPT COPY OF A LETTER REGARDING NEGOTIATIONS with the New Jersey legislature, addressed to the speaker of that state’s General Assembly, October 30, 1787. American inventor, operator of America’s first steamboat service entrepreneur.

MANUSCRIPT COPY OF A LETTER REGARDING NEGOTIATIONS with the New Jersey legislature, addressed to the speaker of that state’s General Assembly, October 30, 1787.

Philadelphia: 1787. Contemporary copy of a manuscript letter concerning “claims of the parties respecting a steam boat.” 4to. One-page, approximately 150 words. Fitch explains his absence from the session in question based on his belief that his opponents would also be absent, but should they attend a session of the legislature, Fitch would also, and asks that sufficient time be given “to defend my rights derived under the law of your Humble predecessors.” Although Fitch developed a steam engine that propelled a boat on the Delaware by August, 1787, he never made a success of his ideas, spending years unsuccessfully fighting patent and monopoly rights, as others, most notably Robert Fulton prevailed. Previously folded, browned, ink date smudged. Item #65833

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