Daniel [H. Muir]
to get two new pieces the same number of inches in hight and the same number of inches in length and the same number of inches in breath and the same color on both the upper and under sides And on both ends and on the other sides and file them exactly the same way and so on for days and days and weeks and weeks and months and months and years and years, and even supposing you got far as manufacturing engine (steam ones I mean) and made a hundred a day every bolt and bar and rod and screw in each would be alike likely and soon there would be but precious little more fun in the business or romance either than there would in the wonderful manufacture of everduring fencing material from the mighty and majestic ever young everlalsting and God made oaks. This you call "splitting rails" well the [illegible] black machines as he trys to cough up the [illegible] and brassy and irony and I don't know all wha[illegible] mixture had just such a name for his business If however you could get a practical knowledge so that you would know how machines and machine material acts you would know better how to make new ones. Ill now tell at one breath what I think you had better do (((turn over)))
 Nov 19
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