1821

Location of original: Offices of Beem Patent Law Firm, Chicago, IL

Key Signers

Secretary of State: John Quincy Adams

Patent Information

Date signed: December 20, 1821

Copyright awarded to Mahlon Day Book (42 pages)

The American Practical Catechism for the use of schools: to which are annexed easy and instructive lessons for young readers, tending to inculcate sentiments of morality and virtue; compiled by the aid of persons of various denominations who are interested in the education of children with an appendix for parents and teachers.
Second Edition.

This copyright certificate is the only one in the Beem collection. It is signed by John Quincy Adams as Secretary of State. The certificate includes references to the date of passage of the first Copyright Act (“31st day of May, A.D. 1790”) and to the date when prints were added as protected works “passed on the 29th of April, A.D. 1802”). The certificate states that the book was deposited with the Secretary of State.

Patent Transcript

To all persons to whom these presents shall come, GREETING:

I CERTIFY that Mahlon Day has, this twentieth day of december, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-one, and of Independence the forty-sixth deposited in the Office of the Department of State, a certain Book consisting of 72 pages entitled

“The American Practical Catechism for the use of school: to which are annexed, easy and instructive lessons for young readers, tending to inculcate sentiments of morality and virtue; compiled by the aid of persons of various denominations who are interested in the education of children with an appendix for parents and teachers.” Second Edition.

the copy-right whereof is claimed by Mahlon day as author and proprietor under the provisions of “An act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned,” passed on the 31st day of May, A.D. 1790, and of “An act supplementary to an act, entitled ‘An act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies, during the time therein mentioned,’ and extending the benefits thereof to the acts of designing, engraving, and etching, historical and other prints,” passed on the 29th of April, A.D. 1802.

Given under my hand, as the Secretary of the Department of State of the United States, with the Seal of the said Department affixed, at the City of Washington, the day and year first above written.

John Quincy Adams

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