Lot 3: James Watt handwritten signed letter
11th October 2017
British engineer (1736-1819) who developed an efficient steam engine which was a universal source of power and provided one of the most essential technological components of the early industrial revolution. The unit of power known as a 'watt' was named after him. ALS, one page, 8 x 10, September 5, 1784. Letter to musician and notable Watt benefactor Joah Bates, in full: "Having received from Mr. Brown the daily advertiser containing the address of the Millers committee in which I observe they have given me more honor than what I think belongs to me, and seem to direct their whole argument to the overthrowing our patent, on the supposition we have communicated our exclusive privilege to the company, I have thought it necessary to remove that imputation by a publick advertisement in the same paper, as we should be ruined could any legal advantage be got by them in that matter, and I cannot suppose that any of the Gentlemen concerned could wish us to be injured by our endeavours to advance the interests of the concern. I have desired Mr. Brown to bring the advertisement to you & to leave it with you for your consideration as I am by no means satisfied with the draught yet & do not wish it to be published untill I write again. And in the mean time I also wish you would turn your thoughts towards a proper answer on the part of the A. M. Company [Albion Mills]-I remain with best respects to Mrs. Bates & other friends." Addressed on the reverse of the second integral page in Watt's own hand. In fine condition, with a few light seal-related stains, and a repaired seal-related tear to the integral address leaf.
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