Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11278502 Details

State:North Carolina
Salutation:To the Hon.ble House of General Assembly
Filing Date:1785-December-8

General Petition Information

Abstract:Dr. Robert Thomas Hornby requests a patent for his "Horizontal Wind Machine," used for "the beating of rice, manufacturing Indigo, Grinding Wheat [into] the Flour, sawing Lumber, supplying Land with water & Draining Land when overflowed, Drawing Shingles &c." He asserts that the machine's benefit would be recognized by "those Gentlemen who are too well acquainted with the heavy expence and labour (not to mention the mortality of Negroes) attending the usual mode of beating rice & Indigo which will be saved by this machine." Hornby therefore "only requests the Honble House will grant him Letters Patent to secure an exclusive right for fourteen years to Him his Heirs Execrs Adms or Assigns."
Result:read and "laid over"
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Report of Committee, 21 December 1785
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 11278502

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina

  • General Assembly, Session Records, Joint Standing Committee, November--December 1785

Processing Information

Record Created:2/9/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:1/6/2008 6:45:00 PM