[Elizabeth N. Moores]
 6-18-1867Towards night he complains that his thread was wearing out from too great friction, I suggested that a horses head which lay near might be stuck upon the pole, & that a stronger elevating string of horse hair would pass smoothly over its nose, Merrill thought it strange that a horses tail should pass over a horses head - remarked that it was a curious meeting of extremes, etc - all this last night & much now of a similar nature of nonsense, wit, & invention; but here is what I wanted to tell you when the wheel had wound up the cup to the top of the pole Merrill the Engineer dashed his joined hands into the falling stream & caused the water to shoot over instead of under the wheel thus reversing its motion and lowering the cup. I objected that this was a very imperfect re- versing [contrivance], & suggested levers that would be self acting. Since com- mencing this letter he burst into the room exclaiming with glowing Archimedean enthusiasm "Ive got it!" - dont need any levers! then followed an ardent des- cutition of the newborn reversing apparatus to be regulated by clock work hidden in the dam beyond the reach of meddlesome boys and said he I can make a larger one to pump water or elevate wheat & I can patent it & said he - his eyes twinkling & sparking "all inventors have trade marks and mine shall be a horses head on a pole with hair hanging from the holes where its eyes were"[in margin: Merrill read your [letter] a few minutes ago I [hoped] to hear that you were better. Tell [Chas] [& Laura] & Katie that we often speak of them and will soon write to them.]
 Jun 18
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