I just ran across this note on the web. Now I have to find out if the records of purchases by the New York Commissary General survived the fire or not. If the records survived, there should be copies of contracts and correspondence between NYS officials and whatever
founder(s) were supplying cannon for the NY Militia.
"In the early morning hours of March 29, 1911, a fire swept through the Assembly chamber of the New York State Capitol. The New York State Library, located at that time on the third and fourth floors of the Capitol building, was devastated in the blaze. Cecil R. Roseberry, in his Capitol Story ([Albany]: State of New York, 1964), reported it was the greatest library disaster of modern times; 450,000 books and 270,000 manuscripts, including irreplaceable documents of New York’s colonial and early state history, were destroyed. A widely-spread rumor held that the fire had been started by a smoldering cigar butt carelessly tossed into a wastebasket following a late-night caucus, but the most creditable explanation was faulty electrical wiring."
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