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Anderson, John (1726-1796) to George Washington

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.10274 Author/Creator: Anderson, John (1726-1796) Place Written: Glasgow, Scotland Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 20 August 1793 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Same as GLC02437.10273. Titles the document "The Memorial." Writes discussing inventions. States "[t]hat he has invented a Bronze Guns Metal, which has the advantage of Common Iron Guns, and of Common Brass Guns, without their imperfections. That he has invented a Carriage for Guns; by which the recoil of the Gun is distroyed, without giving motion to the Carriage." Believes that these inventions will be very useful and writes that "because they were brought to the test of experiment by French Armies under the Generals [Marquis de] La Fayette, [Comte de] Rochambeau, [Charles François Du Périer] Dumourier, and Custine; and because, the Memorialist received the thanks of the French Nation; and which he values much more, of the military officers who made use of them in very trying situations." Volunteers his services in making the field pieces and writes that he "would think himself highly honoured by being appointed Engineer, Artillerist, and Director of the Gun Foundery, to the United States of America; which office would likewise give Them a right to other things of his invention; besides the two specified, and explained ... " Watermarked.

People: Anderson, John, 1726-1796.
Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834.
Rochambeau, Jean-Baptiste-Donatien de Vimeur, comte de, 1725-1807.
Dumourier, Charles François Du Périer, 1739-1823.
Custine, Adam Philip, Count de, 1740-1793.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: Invention, Inventor, Weaponry, Artillery, Science and Technology, Military History, France, Office Seeker, President Foreign Affairs, Global History and Civics

Sub Era: The Early Republic