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    James Rumsey Promissory Note, 01/28/1788.
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    Rumsey, James, 1743-1792 (machinist, inventor) (author).
    James Rumsey Promissory Note, 01/28/1788.
    Phy. Description: 
    0.15 cubic feet.
    1 Folder: (1 item).
    Medium : 
    Paper sheet, approx. 4-3/4 x 7-1/2", in modern preservation mat
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    Bio / His Notes: 
    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.
    A promissory note of January 28, 1788 to Robert Stubbe for the sum of eighteen shillings and six pence, Pennsylvania currency.
    Transferred from the Division of Transportation, 7/17/86.
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    James Rumsey Promissory Note, 1788, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
    General Note: 
    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).
    Unrestricted research access on site by appointment. Object is fragile and cannot be removed from its preservation mat.
    Fees for commercial reproduction.
    Loans, Personal -- 18th century.
    Water transport -- 18th century.
    Inventors -- 18th century.
    Subject - Geographical: 
    Pennsylvania -- 18th century
    Stubbe, Robert
    Rumseyan Society
    Form / Genre: 
    Promissory notes
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center. P.O. Box 37012, Suite 1100, MRC 601, Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Call 202-633-3270 for appointment. Fax: 202-786-2453.
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    Research pending (NMAH Acc.)
    Transportation, Division of, NMAH, SI collector.
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    Archives Center at American HistoryACNMAH 0216Add Copy to MyList

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