The Italian Committee of New York visits Samuel Colt seeking arms for Garibaldi
A delegation from the Italian Committee of New York visited Hartford, Connecticut to urge Samuel Colt's support in arming Guiseppe Garibaldi's forces then gathering to invade Sicily. Colt saw the business and publicity opportunity and gave the Committee more than 100 revolvers and carbines on the spot. He was rewarded soon after when Garibaldi purchased 23,500 rifled muskets for $160,000, $30,000 of which Colt personally discounted. (By John Osborne)
Herbert G. Houze, Caroline C. Cooper, Elizabeth M. Kornhauser, Samuel Colt: Arms, Art, and Invention (New Haven, Yale University Press, 2006), 187.