Manuscript/Mixed Material George Washington to Thomas Johnson, November 22, 1787

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[my] certificate I had no reason to believe that the use of steam was contemplated by him, sure I am it was not mentioned; and equally certain I am, that it would not apply to the project he then had in view; the first communication of which was to me made in September 1784 (at the springs in Berkley); the Novr. following, being in Richmond, I met Mr. Rumsey there who was at that time applying to the Assembly for an exclusive Act. He then spoke of the effect of Steam and the conviction he was under of the usefulness of its application for the purpose of inland Navigation; but I did not conceive, nor have I done so at any moment since, that it was suggested as part of his original plan, but rather as the ebullition of his genius. It is proper however for me to add, that some time after this Mr. Fitch57 called upon me on his way to Richmond and explaining his scheme, wanted a letter from me, introductory of it to the Assembly of this State the giving of which I declined; and went so [far] as to inform him that tho' I was bound not to disclose the principles of Mr. Rumsey's discovery I would venture to assure him, that the thought of applying steam for the purpose he mentioned was not original but had been mentioned to me by Mr. Rumsey; this I thought myself obliged to say that, whichever (if either) of them, was the discoverer might derive the benefit of the

57. John Fitch.

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Title
George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799: Letterbook 14, Feb. 11, 1787 - Feb. 22, 1788
Contributor Names
Washington, George, 1732-1799 (Author)
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Subject Headings
-  United States
-  Manuscripts
Genre
Manuscripts
Call Number/Physical Location
series: Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799
MSS 44693: Reel 014
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George Washington papers
Repository
Manuscript Division
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English
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Washington, George. George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754 to 1799: Letterbook 14,- Feb. 22, 1788. 1787. Manuscript/Mixed Material. https://www.loc.gov/item/mgw2.014/.

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Washington, G. (1787) George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754 to 1799: Letterbook 14,- Feb. 22, 1788. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/mgw2.014/.

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Washington, George. George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754 to 1799: Letterbook 14,- Feb. 22, 1788. 1787. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/mgw2.014/>.