Memorials of the Lineage, Early Life, Education, and Development of the Genius of James Watt. [Tog. with] The original autograph signature of James Watt, from a letter to `Dear Gregory’, [and] an original autograph letter, signed `J. Watt Junr.’ from Soho, 9 Nov. 1804. The letter is to James Miller, Watt’s widowed brother-in-law. This long, comprehensive, and sensitive letter deals with the aftermath of the death of his half-brother, Gregory Watt. James writes firstly of its emotional impact on his father, James Watt, and his step-mother. Secondly, James alludes to Gregory dying intestate, and tells Miller that his father will invest `the sum of Three Thousand Pounds in trust to you, himself & me, for the use and behoof of your children by my sister, who will each of them receive 1000 (pounds) when they attain the age of 25 years.’ James also expresses his intention `to undertake the direction & to defray the whole or any part of the expense of the education of your son James’. He also asks that for the present James Miller `should make no mention whatever of the purport of this letter’. Also included is the original autograph signature of Gregory Watt, removed from a letter to his father; a facsimile letter from James Watt to a Mr McGrigor, and an original ink sketch of James Watt, artist unknown



Publisher: Edinburgh, Thomas Constable for the Watt Club, 1856, first edition
Description: pp262, 3 engraved portraits, 6 plates, (1 double-page, 3 tinted, 2 folding), 7 facsimiles of James Watt's letters, and a large folding engraved map. The letter has 2 sheets, 390x200mm, written on 6 pages (last blank removed). 4to, [200x250mm], quarter calf, cloth boards, marbled endpapers and edges. A fine copy

James Watt, the inventor of the steam engine (1736-1819]; James Watt, Jnr (1769- 1848), engineer & business man, and half brother of Gregory (1777-1804). Gregory, a geologist and mineralogist, died of tuberculosis, aged 27

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