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ld without it by the labor of months. Mr. Phineas Miller, a native of Connecticut and a graduate tract bears date May 27, 1793; and the firm of Miller & Whitney immediately commenced what they had n the depths of their distress and insolvency, Miller wrote (April 27, 1796) from Georgia to Whitneyn began to be perceived and acknowledged. But Miller & Whitney's first suit against infringers now but it is securing something. It will enable Miller & Whitney to pay all their debts, and divide sging the inexpediency of granting any thing to Miller & Whitney. The Committee to whom this matter hat Edward Lyon, at least twelve months before Miller & Whitney's machine was brought into view, hada machine of a construction similar to that of Miller & Whitney, was used in Switzerland at least fo and the cramping of genius in improvements on Miller & Whitney's patent Gin, as well as to limit thion, and fulfilled her original contract. Mr. Miller, the partner of Whitney. died, poor and emb[5 more...]
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Whitney, Eli 1765-1825 (search)
ly separated from the seed. Apply to my young friend here, said Mrs. Greene; he can make anything. Whitney had then never seen a cotton-seed with wool adhering. He was furnished with some. With rude plantation tools he constructed a machine that performed the work. This was the origin of the sawgin, which, with some improvements, is universally used on American plantations. Some of Mrs. Greene's neighbors were called in to see the working of it. They were astonished and delighted. Phineas Miller, a college-mate of Whitney, had come to Georgia, and soon became the second husband of Mrs. Greene. Having some money, he formed a copartnership with Whitney in the manufacture of gins. The machine was locked from public view until a patent could be procured. Planters came from all parts of South Carolina and Georgia to see the wonderful machine which could do the work in a day of 1,000 women. The workshop of the inventor was broken into and the model was carried off. Imperfect machi