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Requests Support for Firearms Experiment

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Document Information
Date May 4, 1792
Author Name Joseph G Chambers (primary) Location: Sign of the Lamb, Market Street
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary Letter, discusses rounds of cartridges; asks more guns ordered. Chambers proposes a firearms experiment whereby 60 rounds are fired in 3 minutes time.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; Joseph G Chambers; ;
Related Places Sign of the Lamb, Market Street; ;
Keywords sixty rounds of cartridge; cartridge; experiment; guns; ;
Key Phrases prepared about sixty rounds of cartridge and am impatient to exhibit the experiment; please order me a couple more guns as I apprehend with twenty shots the gun will be too hot to proceed without danger of bursting or other accident; sorry to disappoint the expectations which might be founded on my proposal; fire the sixty shots in three minutes if nothing fails; appoint a time allowing two or three hours to put the guns in order;
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Joseph G. Chamber
May 4th 1797

The Hon.ble Henry Knox
Secretary of War
XXXI-72

Sign of the Lamb Market Street

May 4. 1792

Sir

I have prepared about Sixty rounds of Cartridge and am impatient to exhibit the Experiment. If you please Order me a Couple more Guns as I apprehend with twenty Shots the Gun will be too hot to proceed without Danger of bursting or other accident. And if the one should not work right I may have a shot an I would be sorry to Disappoint the Expectations which might be founded on my proposal. I expect to fire the Sixty rounds in three minutes if Nothing fails.

Be pleased Sir to appoint a time allowing two or three hours to put the Guns in order. I am Sir your most humble

Joseph G. Chambers

The honble Secretary of War