Washington DC: U. S. Government, August 6, 1842. Signed, as Secretary of State, granting a patent to Abram S. Valentine and Bellefonte Penn for their "Improvement in the construction of Steam boilers." Countersigned by Commissioner of Patents Henry L. Ellsworth. With an ink and wash diagram on paper and an additional vellum leaf describing the improvement in detail. 4 pages, 15.5" x 12'; Seal of the Patent Office, all teeth present, green silk ribbon attached to first leaf through 4 holes, some cockling to upper portion of first leaf, folds, paper repairs to verso of drawing, minor damp staining to right edge of drawing, moderate foxing to final leaf overall.
Daniel Webster (1782 – 1852) had an illustrious career as a public servant: serving in Congress from two different states (NH and MA), and as the. Secretary of State under three different Presidents: Harrison, Tyler, and Fillmore. As one of the most prominent American lawyers of the 19th century, he argued over 200 cases before the. Supreme Court between 1814 and his death in 1852. Very Good. Item #3081
"Be it known that Abram S. Valentine of Belleforte...have invented a new and useful improvement in the steam boiler..." (Patent).