Petition of John Ledyard (1783)

Source: Connecticut State Library: Manuscript (Colleges and Schools, 1661-1789), Series I, Vol. II, Document 149.

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Petition of John Ledyard to the Connecticut Governor and Legislature

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John Ledyard's petition to the Connecticut governor and legislature for a legislative printing privilege in his book about his voyages with Captain Cook. The petition may have contributed to the legislation of a general copyright statute in Connecticut in the same year.

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  • Zug, James. American Traveler: The Life and Adventures of John Ledyard, the Man Who Dreamed of Walking the World. New York: Basic Books, 2005.

  • Gray, Edward G. The Making of John Ledyard: Empire and Ambition in the Life of an Early American Traveler. Yale University Press: New Haven, 2007.

Related documents in this database:
1781: Andrew Law's Petition
1782: Letter from Smith to Webster
1783: Letter from Joel Barlow to the Continental Congress
1783: Ledyard Petition Committee Report

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Year: 1783

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Language: English

Source: Connecticut State Library: Manuscript (Colleges and Schools, 1661-1789), Series I, Vol. II, Document 149.

Persons referred to:
Huntington, Samuel
Ledyard, John
Porter, Joshua
Sandwich, John Montagu, 4th Earl of
Trumbull, Jonathan, Sr.
Wyllys, George

Places referred to:
Boston, Massachusetts
East Indies
Great Britain
Hartford, Connecticut
New York

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Institutions referred to:
Connecticut General Assembly


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