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Autograph Draft, James McHenry to Count Rumford

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CollectionBoston Public Library: American Manuscripts view image
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Document Information
Date May 31, 1800
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name Count Rumford (primary)
Summary Describes invention of Bavarian field piece used by artillery, mentions science and end of term in War Office.
Document Format Autograph Draft
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Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Count Rumford; James McHenry; King; inventor; Secretary of War; artillerists; labourers; laborers; ;
Related Places War Department; Baltimore; United States; Bavaria; War Office; native country; ;
Keywords field piece; carriage; ammunition wagon; waggon; horse; artillery; cart; ;
Key Phrases retirement; Department of War; neglect to impart a full share in the benefits resulting from your scientific labours; this day closes my official duties as Secretary of War; President of the United States; letter to my successor; recommended his particular attention to improve our corps of artillerists; ordnance; regard for your native country that you should invite them to improvements; so important an object to their defense and security; incalculable advantages; indefatiguable pursuits; altering the condition of humanity; valuable present you have made to the United States; obliging letter; memoir relative to the field piece, carriage and ammunition waggon invented by you to answer the double purpose of field service and that of horse artillery; models of the new Bavarian field piece; letter or description; initial examination and reflection; comparison; discovered most of the points in which they differed; appointments in common use; claim or manifest superiority over those used in this country;

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