NASMYTH, James. 19171



Autograph Letter Signed ‘James Nasmyth’, about the formation of a learned society, explaining that he has always remained independent in his work. 3 pp. 6 x 4 inches, two names inked over, in very good condition, embossed letterhead showing the famous steam hammer. Annotated in pencil, Penshurst, February 1867. A good letter by James Nasmyth (1808-90), engineer, inventor of the steam hammer. “It has however been a rule with me to cultivate as far as I can able and worthy tho’ friendly intercourse of all able men as private friends but not to join associations, as such; for this reason I am not an F.R.S. or member of the Institute of C.E. or mechanical E., but continue to pursue my favourite subjects by my self …”