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By Robert B. Gordon

ISBN-10: 0195128184

ISBN-13: 9780195128185

This ebook examines the economic ecology of two hundred years of ironmaking with renewal strength assets in northwestern Connecticut. It makes a speciality of the cultural context of people's judgements approximately know-how and the surroundings, and the sluggish transition they effected of their land from business panorama to pastoral countryside.

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In three tumultuous years in Salisbury he repeatedly demonstrated his physical prowess by assaulting his neighbors, shocked and (privately) entertained the townspeople with his rich command of profanity, and soon parted company from his partners. John Hazeltine and Samuel Forbes left the partnership by selling their furnace shares to Charles Caldwell of Hartford and his brother George of Salisbury. The Caldwell family owned property in Hartford and several other towns and ran a store in Salisbury.

8 Forbes and Adam depended on Salisbury's community of skilled artisans working as independent contractors to staff their forge. These men took on varied tasks, as needed: between June and August 1805, William Foxon made gudgeons, steeled a shaft, turned gristmill spindles, forged and turned fulling mill and sawmill cranks, made a printing press pin for John Roberts of Hartford, turned a clothiers' crank and three bearings, and made pins (screws) for a steamboat and screw plates for a comb factory.

Forbes & Adam built their second rolling mill a quarter mile below Hitchcock & Pratt's forge on the Shepaug. In 1799 Joseph Guthrie and Eber Peters added to the supply of bar iron with the two new bloomeries they built in Woodville (see chap. 3 and fig. 2). In addition to slitting iron into nail rod, mill proprietors could roll strips or plates thinner than artisans could make with the trip hammers used at the Salisbury forges. 8 Forbes and Adam depended on Salisbury's community of skilled artisans working as independent contractors to staff their forge.

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