DescriptionGeorge 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.
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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