1 page, 4to, fine. Colt, running the largest private armory in the world, is offered land near the US Armory at Harper's Ferry, as an opportunity to expand his business: "It is asserted in the press that you are seeking a locality in the South to establish a manufactory of your arms." Pechin suggests a location "on the Shenandoah River, 1 miles above Harper's Ferry, having railroad connections with every portion of the Country. The water power is unfailing...the quantity of water is unlimited all year round...The location is perfectly healthy, living cheap, and the place most convenient of access." Harper's Ferry arsenal and armory was abandoned by the Federal authorities in April 1861. At the approach of Confederate militia, the fleeing Unionists set fire to the site. However, the machinery was salvaged and evacuated to the rebel Arsenals of Fayetteville, N.C. and Richmond. " /> [COLT, SAMUEL] PECHIN C., <I>Admiral</I>. Autograph letter signed ("Adm C. Pechin") TO SAMUEL COLT, Philadelphia, 13 February 1860. <I>1 page, 4to, fine</I>. Colt, running the largest private armory in the world, is offered land near the US Armory at Harper's Ferry, as an opportunity to expand his business: "It is asserted in the press that you are seeking a locality in the South to establish a manufactory of your arms." Pechin suggests a location "on the Shenandoah River, 1 miles above Harper's Ferry, having railroad connections with every portion of the Country. The water power is unfailing...the quantity of water is unlimited all year round...The location is perfectly healthy, living cheap, and the place most convenient of access." Harper's Ferry arsenal and armory was abandoned by the Federal authorities in April 1861. At the approach of Confederate militia, the fleeing Unionists set fire to the site. However, the machinery was salvaged and evacuated to the rebel Arsenals of Fayetteville, N.C. and Richmond. | Christie's