Jun 21, 2016 - Sale 2420

Sale 2420 - Lot 246

Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
(PENNSYLVANIA.) Sabbaton, Paul A. A detailed letter on advancements in the Pennsylvania iron industry. Autograph Letter Signed to Peter Cooper. 3 pages, 10 x 7 3/4 inches, on one folding sheet of blue paper, plus address panel on verso with Pottsville postmark and docketing; tear at seal nearly touching signature, otherwise minimal wear. Pottsville, PA, 14 February 1842

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Paul Alexis Sabbaton (1788-1869), an early Pennsylvania iron manufacturer, writes to the important New York industrialist Peter Cooper in a letter both personal and full of technical detail: "My time has been entirely taken up in putting up an establishment for the making of pig iron with anthracite coal, and consequently have had no leasure to attend to the process of making bar iron on the principle I practiced at your mill. Within a few weeks, however, I have sett myself to hunting up ore and suitable location to complete the process. . . . If your new furnace should possess properties that would be desirable, both in regard to pudling pig iron, or to make iron upon my place, I think it would be the means of resucitating the business in many good locations now entirely useless. . . . I was the first to open the way of blooming on the system now so successfully practiced in New Jersey, & which the want of means deprived me of reaping the least advantage."