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Lot #324
John Ericsson

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Swedish-American Army engineer (1803–1889) who designed and built the ironclad warship Monitor for the American Navy. ALS signed “J. Ericsson,” one page, 8 x 10, August 31, 1859. Letter to an unidentified gentleman regarding the development of a new engine. In part, “Our motor is making itself known…that engine will answer perfectly - As to a license to build there will be enough to discuss that matter…A letter from Sweden two days ago brought the pleasing intelligence that…a 12 in. colonic engine took the great price for its value to the farming interest - labor has grown exceedingly costly in Sweden of late years and the Swedes took to the colonic engine to do what niggers and Irishmen perform here.” Intersecting folds, several pencil notations, and a couple small spots of paper loss, surface impressions, and residue to left edge, otherwise fine condition. R&R COA.

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  • Dates: #330 - Ended February 13, 2008