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WILLIAM GEORGE ARMSTRONG. Autograph Letter signed: "W. G. Armstrong", 1p, 5x8. Newcastle, 1865 December 22. To "My dear Mr. Hunt". In full: "I fear I have earned an unenviable character for obstinacy in always declining to be photographed but I have really refused so often that I can do no otherwise on this occasion. With regard to guns I will endeavor to collect for you some authoritative information." Docketed on verso. Baron Armstrong (1810-1900) abandoned the practice of law to pursue his talent for engineering and invention. He published papers and took out patents to enhance hydraulic power in industry. During the Crimean War (1853-1856), he proved a genius at improving and manufacturing guns, opening an ordnance factory for the British Government. He invented the Armstrong gun, a wrought iron, breech-loading cannon. In later life, he studied power-saving methods to conserve his nation's coal supply. He was knighted in 1859 and made a peer in 1887. Mounting remnants show through at right and left edge. Some spotting. Vertical fold touches "W" in signature. Overall, fine condition.

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Died: Circa 1900

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