It is now upwards of five years since you formed yourselves into an Association, not merely to discuss topics relative to the regulation of your concerns as iron-masters, but also, to make a reciprocal communication of your several experience in the art of smelting and manufacturing iron, through all its different branches: that a more perfect knowledge thereof might be promoted, and the certain advantages resulting therefrom obtained.
To accomplish this desirable object, it was well proposed by your then president, (Mr. Dawson,) that essays should be written by each member in rotation; and questions proposed for discussion upon subjects relating to the art, at each quarterly meeting: and it was with much pleasure we witnessed your president follow up his proposals with an introductory dissertation, furnishing hints abundantly sufficient to ground essays upon, from that period to the present; and also with a copious, entertaining and instructive essay upon the effect of air and moisture upon Blast Furnaces: in which he evinces at least a disposition of inquiry highly commendable, and gives an example of industry and perseverance in observing, collecting, and arranging facts, well deserving the gratitude of every ironmaster.
From that author’s well known abilities, opportunities, and other ample, and more than ordinary sources of information, any opinion he may adopt certainly assumes a very imposing authority; and it is therefore with much diffidence, that we venture to differ from him in our views of the effect of air and moisture upon blast furnaces.
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