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Marshall, John (1755-1835) to Bushrod Washington

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02815 Author/Creator: Marshall, John (1755-1835) Place Written: Richmond, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 October 1818 Pagination: 2 p. : address ; 19.6 x 16.2 cm.

Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States, writes to Associate Justice Washington regarding the case of Oliver Evans, who claimed one of his patents had been violated. States that to his knowledge, the court "meant to decide that the specification was sufficient & enabled O. E. to prove under it at the trial that his improvement had been violated."

Oliver Evans is credited with inventing the high-pressure steam engine, textile industry tools, and milling equipment.

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