James Stimpson (1779-1851) was an inventor who moved from Boston to Baltimore circa 1829, best known for his work on railroad improvements. The lot includes a deposition regarding his plan for clearing timber from railroad tracks, 1837; two drafts of his prospectus for a canal steam power company; a diagram of railroad track cross-section used in Baltimore, 1840; a long memorandum re debts owed to his estate, 1847-51; a list of his patents; and a manuscript copy of his death notice . Printed matter includes his pamphlets "An Exposition of Some of the Natural Mechanical Actions Connected with the Running Gears of Railroad Carriages" (1838), "A Dissertation upon the Running Gears of Rail-Road Carriage Wheels" (undated, two copies), "An Appeal to the Legislature of the State of Maryland" (1835), and "To the Honorable the Senate and Assembly of the State of New-York, James Stimpson's Mode of Towing the Common Canal Boats in a Train" (undated), as well as two copies of a broadside, "James Stimpson's Iron Rail Road" (1839). No copies of the broadside have been traced in OCLC or elsewhere. Also included in the lots are 3 manuscript letters of patent, all for butter-making machinery, 1855-58, issued to son James H. Stimpson.
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