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    George Clymer Autograph Letter Signed "GC." Three integral pages, 6.5" x 8", n. p., January 5, 1805, to Harry C. regarding the "revival of the old Agricultural Society..." He goes on to relate the story of a new type of threshing machine witnessed by Dr. James Mease: "The Doctor called upon me yesterday to tell me of a journey he has just made in the cold, expressly to view a new made thrashing machine. It seems it is an Englishman settle on the Schuykill...named Bakewell...who has this machine. The Doctor saw it in operation, the power two oxen - the work 18 bushels p. hour." Clymer believes it is too large and Mease "agreed with me in thinking that a lighter one, equal to 40 or 50 bushels a day, should be encouraged if of correspondent cheapness." Weakened folds have been repaired with some minor loss of paper, especially at the edges. Toning along the folds.

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    Clymer then expresses his excitement over the invention of a new type of grinder: "The Doctor has seen a lately invented instrument something like a screw worked with a winch, that most effectually grinds up all manner of Indian corn cobs. A very important thing! A saving to man, and a new food to animals."

    George Clymer, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, represented Pennsylvania in the Continental Congress (1776-1777, 1780-1782) and was the first president of both the Bank of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the vice president of the Philadelphia Agricultural Society.



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