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Articles of Agreement
[Providence?]: February 18, 1856. Large holograph document (approx. 17" x 14") signed and sealed on the verso by all five partners, and witnessed by Hezekiah Allen. Neat and professional repairs at previous folds; very good. These are the articles of agreement between Amos H. Ray and Elliot P. Gleason, both of Providence (of the first part); and John West and William J. Miller, of Bristol, and George H. Vorman, of Newport (of the second part), the first part selling a one-third share of tools and materials for $1,500 to the second part of their gas-burner manufacturing business, the new business to be called the Empire Gas-Burner Co. in a co-partnership. Ray and Gleason, for their invention of this gas-burner are to split evenly the first $2,000 in profits, and thereafter the profits to be divided equally between all parties. Amos Ray in June 1858 received a patent for an "improvement in gas-burners," more than two years after the formation of the company. Elliot P. Gleason also received a patent in August, 1865 for a "gas-fitter's hook blank." William J. Miller was the author of The Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Town of Bristol, Rhode Island (1880).
Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books (rulonmillerbooks) [Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States]
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