Recommended by the gunsmith, John Nicholson, as the "proper man to be charged
with a Mill for boaring and grinding barrels" in his plan for a public gun factory,
June 4, 1776.
Pennsylvania Gazette, June 26, 1776
"Wanted Immediately. Two or three good Hands, that understand welding Gun-Barrels;
or good smith, inclined to be instructed in the said business. Any such Persons
may meet with good encouragement by applying to Joshua Tomlinson, at the Gulph
Mill, near Lancaster Road, 14 miles from Philadelphia. For particulars apply to
John Nicholson, Gunsmith, near the Drawbridge, Phila. N.B. An apprentice, not
under 14 years of age, is wanted to learn the welding, borind and grinding of
Gun-barrels. Apply as above."
Already ten month later in 1777 Tomlinson died, and the idea of utilizing the
Gulph Mill site was definitely abandoned.