At the desire of Mr. James Ramsey I give you the trouble of this. His new constructed Boat is the subject of much disquisition amongst us. General Washington said to me in conversation two days ago that the construction, although plain and cheap, did really answer the most sanguine expectations; and if the proportions in forming large Boats answered with the model he saw, the invention certainly would produce the most important effects. In observing these proportions, it seems scarcely possible to err, as the machinery is so simple.
Our House of Delegates have passed a Bill to give Ramsey the exclusive privilege of building and using these Boats for 10 years