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Collection about James Watt

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MC-0291

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection about James Watt contains three signed letters: February 1794, from James Watt to Zacheus Walker concerning a patent protection suit; January 1813, from James Watt to William Murdock concerning specifications for a lathe; and March 1801, from Matthew Boulton (Watt's business partner) to the Duke of Portland concerning the immigration of workmen to America.


  • Creation: 1794 - 1813


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James Watt, 1736-1819, was an engineer in England whose invention of a condensing vessel in 1765 led to an improved steam engine, which was patented in 1769. The unit of power, the watt, was named after him.

Matthew Boulton, 1728-1809, was an engineer and also partner of James Watt in the development of the steam engine.


0.3 Cubic Feet (3 letters in 1 box)

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Related Materials

Bramah, Joseph. A Letter to the Rt. Hon. Sir James Eyre, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas: on the subject of the cause, Boulton and Watt, v. Hornblower and Maberly: for infringement on Mr. Watt's patent for an improvement on the steam engine. London: printed for John Stockdale, Piccadilly, 1797. held in Distinctive Collections: TJ464.B73 1797.

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