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Robert Fulton

Arbitration in Fulton's attempt to patent towing by steamboat

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Arbitration in Fulton's attempt to patent towing by steamboat

Manuscript DS, one page both sides, 8 x 9.75, November 26, 1813. Power of attorney document associated with a patent arbitration case in Hartford, by which Fulton authorizes "John Devereux Delacy of the City of New York for me and on my part and behalf to appear, act, transact and do all matter and things whatsoever, and an award agree to and make in the above case as by the said patent law is or may be required." Endorsed on the reverse by DeWitt Clinton, then the mayor of New York City. The affixed paper seal remains fully intact. In very good condition, with overall staining, and old repairs to the hinge and fold splits. The dispute with John Sullivan concerned Fulton's request for a patent 'for towing boats and warping them over rapids by means of their engines.' Despite the competency of Delacy, the arbitrators at Hartford found in favor of Sullivan and denied the patent.

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  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #602 - Ended February 10, 2021

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