From our Special Correspondent

London, July 11, 1862

This, tho greatest day which London has seen for many years, is now drawing to a close and I send you some interesting facts connected with it. This was the appointed time for announcing the decisions of the juries and the names of those exhibitors to whom awards had been made. About one hundred thousand persons were drawn together for the purpose of beholding the pageant and it was certainly a noble sight to witness such a host thus assembled as interested spectators in this great peaceful contest of industry and art. The awards wh ich have been made justify me in all that I had promised to myself respecting the exhibition and more than I dared promise to our American exhibitors. I am now prepared to announce that while we have had but 98 actual exhibitors, we have had 55 first class and 28 second-class awards, making no less than 83 altogether. They are as follows, with the names and articles as nearly correct as possible, under the circumstances:


CLASS No.7. Manufacturing Machines and Tools

Howe Machine Company, medal for their collection of sewing machines;

A. Smith, medal for his loom for weaving tufted carpet;

Wheeler & Wilson, medal for their circular-hook sewing machines. (Illustrated on pages 297 and 298, Vol. VIII. (old series) SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN);

Bigelow, for Goodwin, honorable mention for his machines for sewing boots and shoes and for sewing round the toes;

G.H. Sanborn, honorable mention for his cord and ropemaking machinery;

I. M. Singer, for his collection of well-constructed sewing machine;

Wilcox & Gibbs, honorable mention for improvements in their sewing machines (Illustrated on page 165, Vol. XIV. (old series) SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN).

In a sub-section of this class, but catalogued as:


W.D. Richards received a medal for improved boot and shoe machinery

and honorable mention is made of the following:

F.O. Degner, for a printing press;

Sandford & Mallory, for a scutching machine for taking the fiber from the leaves of aloes;

P. H. Wemple for a machine with 18 adjustable drills.


Before the close of the exhibition you will be informed of such successes of individual inventors as will fully sustain the flattering awards of the juries and though I shall probably return without any compensation for fifteen months' services to the cause, I shall feel proud and happy that I did not abandon the enterprise. Had I abandontd it last January, I know there would have been no possible show of American exhibitors in the great building in South Kensington, but now the ingenuity and skill of our people are known, felt and acknowledged.

                                           Yours,                           JOSEPH E. HOLMES


Scientific American 1862