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Lett's Diary or Bills Due Book, and Almanack, for 1867, completed in Manuscript.
Letts, Son , & Co. 1867 Printed text preceding and following the diary pages, one day per page. Original dark blue-black cloth, affected by damp cloth lifting, otherwise sound.This diary was used by Osman Latrobe of 45, later 7, Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London, primarily to record, in detail, experiments and trials with various improvements to his yacht, the 'Ross Winans' and another named the 'Walter T. Winans'. Latrobe, 1835-1915, had been a Confederate captain under General Lee in in the American Civil War, but soon after defeat in 1865 removed to London. In Britain he turned his attention to various improvements to ships. He witnessed the applications for patents by Thomas Winans of Baltimore and Louisa Winans of Clarges Street in 1866 for an improved steam engine and also couplings for propellor shafts, and in 1868 for an improved condenser. In this diary, Latrobe records the experiments, particularly with propellor blades, on nearly all pages up to 23rd August when the yacht is in dock. At the beginning of the diary, Latrobe provides a 'Synopsis of Communications' by telegraph to W.T. Winans concerning the trials. Latrobe was son of a railway engineer & lawyer, distinguishing himself in the Civil War. At the battle of Fredericksburg he 'enjoyed the sight of hundreds of dead Yankees. Saw much of the work I had done in the way of severed limbs, decapitated bodies, and mutilated remains of all kinds, doing my soul good. Would that the whole northern army was such and I had my hand in it.' He ended the war as lieutenant colonel. Although he was 'prominent' in society at Baltimore after the war, he clearly came to England within a year or so - and married in 1871 in London. He was back in Baltimore in 1884 & Mrs Osman Latrobe is referenced as a 'prominent society woman' in newspaper reports of 1888. Ross Winans, 1796–1877,) one of the earliest US multi-millionaires - was an inventor and designer of steam locomotives and father of Thomas and William - both engineers.
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