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AN

HISTORICAL

AND

DESCRIPTIVE ACCOUNT

OF THE

STEAM ENGINE,

COMPRISING A GENERAL VIEW OF THE VARIOUS MODES

OF EMPLOYING ELASTIC VAPOUR AS A PRIME

MOVER IN MECHANICS;

WITH

AN APPENDIX

OF PATENTS AND PARLIAMENTARY PAPERS CONNECTED

WITH THE SUBJECT.

BY CHARLES FREDERICK PARTINGTON,

OF THE LONDON INSTITUTION.

"Soon shall thy arm, unconquer'd Steam! afar!
Drag the slow barge, or drive the rapid car ;,
Or on wide-waving wings expanded bear

The flying chariot through the fields of air." Daruin,
Illustrated by Thirteen Engravings and Diagrams.

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London:

PRINTED FOR J. TAYLOR,
AT THE ARCHITECTURAL LIBRARY, 59, HIGH HOLBORN.

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TO

WILLIAM HASLEDINE PEPYS, Esq.

FELLOW OF THE ROYAL AND LINNEAN SOCIETIES; A VICE

PRESIDENT OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY ;

MEMBER OF

THE ROYAL INSTITUTION, OF THE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, &c. &c. AND HON. SECRETARY OF THE LONDON

INSTITUTION :

As a Tribute of Respect for his high Scientific Attainments, and liberal encouragement of Philosophical Learning ; this Historical Account of one of the most valuable applications of Science to the Arts and Manufactures of a great Commercial Nation, is, with his permission,

respectfully inscribed,

By his much obliged,

and faithful humble Servant,

CHARLES FREDERICK PARTINGTON.

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