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    Robert Fulton Autograph Letter Signed, 1 p., 8.25" x 9.75", New York, November 18, 1813 to "Dr. Wilson". Fulton pens, in full: "Dear Sir, The estate of the Chancellor [Robert Livingston] is to be charged with the Iron credit having been given by me to him in Settling our accounts you will please lessen the [?] to Mr. Edward. Yours Respectfully Robt Fulton". Wilson has penned on the overleaf: "Mr. Livingston will look to the enclosed letters and inform me if anything is necessary for me to do. W.W."

    Before turning his full attention to the development of steamboats, Fulton worked on improving torpedoes and submarines. His experiments often failed due to his chronic lack of capital. It was in Paris, in 1802, that he first met the newly-appointed American Minister to France, Robert Livingston, who was there to negotiate the purchase of the Louisiana territories from Napoleon. An extremely able man and an inventor himself, Livingston also possessed a monopoly to the rights to steam navigation in New York State. The two formed a partnership and with Livingston's technical and financial assistance, Fulton was soon conducting experiments on the Seine. They launched their famous Hudson River ferry, the Clermont (named after Livingston's family estate), in August 1807.

    A wonderful association between Fulton and his business partner, Robert Livingston. Some staining at creases, and small piece missing near original wax seal; overall in near fine condition.

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    April, 2007
    16th-17th Monday-Tuesday
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