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    Cyrus McCormick Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages of a bifolium, 5" x 8", "St. Carolina's Court Hotel", Chicago; March 4, 1872. A letter from McCormick to Eliphalet Wood concerning his brother William Anson Wood and his thoughts on Reverend William Patton (probably William Weston Patton), Professor of Theology. He writes: "I write this line only to say that I have with this recited a letter to 'Wm. Anson Wood Esq., Hoosick Falls, N.Y.' as advised by him in his letter of Feb. 9th. As my ans. has been delayed by sickness - confined to my room for 2 ½ weeks - it occurs to me that the letter may not find him at Hoosick, and that you may know where he is & thereby adv. his letter forward to him, wh. wd. oblige us both, perhaps. I will only add...that Rev. Wm. Patton, from Brooklyn, has taken his Prof. of Theology, and that we are quite satisfied with him-don't in fact think we could have done better, all things considered... Very truly yrs C. H. McCormick."

    Cyrus Hall McCormick (1809-1884) was an American inventor and founder of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company, which became the International Harvester Company. Born in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, is credited as being the inventor of the mechanical reaper in the 1830s, not long after Eli Whitney invented the Cotton Gin. Before his invention, reaping was a painstaking process (done by hand with a scythe) that limited a farm's harvest. McCormick's invention automatically cut, threshed and bundled grain while being pulled through a field by horses. In 1834, he took out a patent on his invention and, soon after, began manufacturing the reaper himself. McCormick spent years making improvements to the mechanical reaper invention and coming up with business innovations to boost sales. All his work eventually paid off - by 1851, his reaper invention had become an international success.

    Condition: The letter has horizontal and vertical folds, stray ink stains and light soiling. A few pencil notations from a previous collector, and a docket on page two.

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