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Frigate Patent Pumps

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CollectionPeabody Essex Museum: Josiah Fox (1763 - 1847) Letterbook Papers view image
Document Information
Date December 19, 1796
Author Name [not available]
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary)
Summary Letter, recommends Burke's patent for Frigates.
Document Format Letterbook Copy
Document Notes [not available]
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; John Barry; Thomas Truxtun; Truxton; Joshua Humphreys; Navy Constructor; Burke; ;
Related Places Philadelphia; ;
Keywords Burke's patent pumps; patent pump; frigates; stones; walnut; shot; chain pump; working part; ;
Key Phrases 104 gallons of water in thirty five seconds of time; working part will be so easily repaired; take the liberty of recommending Burke's patent for the Frigates now building;

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Burke patent pump which delivers 104 gallons of Water in Thirty-five Seconds of Time, by Thirty [undecipherable] if the buckle, and Raised the Water 19 feet with [undecipherable] will Out [undecipherable] for the Frigates.
Other [undecipherable] pumps [undecipherable] a quantity of small [undecipherable] of the Size of a [undecipherable] and a four pound shot, without the least [undecipherable] or delay in working
This pump we think less liable to be out of order than the [undecipherable], and if any accidents should happen [undecipherable] of the working part will be as [undecipherable] repaired. as the [undecipherable] & [undecipherable] housing Six of [undecipherable] against
[undecipherable] or other accidents will be as three to one in favor of Burkes pump.
We therefore take the Liberty of recommending [undecipherable] for the Frigates now [undecipherable]
Philadelphia Dec. 19th 1796
John Barry
Thomas Truxton
Joshua [undecipherable] Vavy Cons.
Honbl James Mc Henry
Secy of War