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James Watt by Andrew Carnegie

JAMES WATT

By Andrew Carnegie

Author of "The Empire of Business," "Gospel of Wealth," "Triumphant Democracy," "American Four-in-Hand in Britain," "Round the World," Etc.

New York Doubleday, Page & Company 1905

Copyright, 1905, by Doubleday, Page & Company Published, May, 1905

_All rights reserved, including that of translation--also right of translation into the Scandinavian languages._

PREFACE

When the publishers asked me to write the Life of Watt, I declined, stating that my thoughts were upon other matters. This settled the question, as I supposed, but in this I was mistaken. Why shouldn't I write the Life of the maker of the steam-engine, out of which I had made fortune? Besides, I knew little of the history of the Steam Engine and of Watt himself, and the surest way to obtain knowledge was to comply with the publisher's highly complimentary request. In short, the subject would not down, and finally, I was compelled to write again, telling them that the idea haunted me, and if they still desired me to undertake it, I should do so with my heart in the task.

I now know about the steam-engine, and have also had revealed to me one of the finest characters that ever graced the earth. For all this I am deeply grateful to the publishers.

I am indebted to friends, Messrs. Angus Sinclair and Edward R. Cooper, for editing my notes upon Scientific and Mechanical points.

The result is this volume. If the public, in reading, have one tithe of the pleasure I have had in writing it, I shall be amply rewarded.

THE AUTHOR.

CONTENTS

Authors Preface v

CHAPTER PAGE

I. Childhood and Youth 3

II. Glasgow to London--Return to Glasgow. 23

III. Captured by Steam 45

IV. Partnership with Roebuck 67

V. Boulton Partnership 87

VI. Removal to Birmingham 121

VII. Second Patent 157

VIII. The Record of the Steam Engine 195

IX. Watt in Old Age 213

X. Watt, the Inventor and Discoverer 223

XI. Watt, the Man 233

CHAPTER I

CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH

James Watt, born in Greenock, January 19, 1736, had the advantage, so highly prized in Scotland, of being of good kith and kin. He had indeed come from a good nest. His great-grandfather, a stern Covenanter, was killed at Bridge of Dee, September 12, 1644, in one of the battles which Graham of Claverhouse fought against the Scotch. He was a farmer in Aberdeenshire, and upon his death the family was driven out of its homestead and forced to leave the district.


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