Providence, RI: September 15, 1846. 10" x 8", 1 p, folded stationary, docketed on verso to Zachariah Allen, Esq, North Main St. Content: Letter of reccomendation for John Hyde, "...an honest industrious man conversant with manufacturing as a mill wright,"
Tristam Burges (Feb 1770 – Oct 1853) was a U.S. Representative from Rhode Island as a Federalist and served for ten years. He originally studied medicine but upon the death of his father he abandoned the study of medicine. He was graduated from what is now Brown University and became a prominent member of the Federalist Party. He was appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island in May 1815, serving for just one year. Burges was elected to the US Congress in 1825 and served for ten years. He was known for his witty repartee with Anti-New England Virginian John Randolph. He favored a protective trade tariff, and he lost re-electing because he refused to accept a tariff compromise proposed by Henry Clay.
This letter is addressed to Zachariah Allen (Sep 1795 – Mar 1882) was an American textile manufacturer, scientist, lawyer, writer, inventor and civil leader from Providence, Rhode Island. He was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy and at Brown University where he graduated in 1813. Allen became a textile manufacturer and in 1822 constructed a woolen mill in which he incorporated innovative fire-safety features and his own mechanical improvements. He also built the first hot-air furnace system for the heating of homes. In 1833 he patented his best-known device, the automatic cut-off valve for steam engines. Allen was also a prolific writer of scientific texts and wrote numerous books and articles during his lifetime. Fine. Item #1534