Ramsay's Petiton House Record, New York (1789)

Source: Library of Congress: House Journal, 1st Cong., 1st Sess., April 15, 1789, 14-15.

Ramsay's Petiton House Record, New York (1789), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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House Journal Record of the Petition of David Ramsay

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The House Journal record of a petition by David Ramsay from South Carolina. Ramsay petitioned Congress for exclusive rights in his works 'The History of the American Revolution' and 'The History of the Revolution of South Carolina from a British Province to an Independent State'. It was the first petition for copyright protection received by Congress. The petition relied, among other things, on the copyright clause of the U.S. constitution.

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  • Shaffer, Arthur H. To Be an American: David Ramsay and the Making of American Consciousness. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1991.

  • Bugbee, Bruce Willis. The Genesis of American Patent and Copyright Law. Washington D.C.: Public Affairs Press, 1967.

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Year: 1789

Location: New York

Language: English

Source: Library of Congress: House Journal, 1st Cong., 1st Sess., April 15, 1789, 14-15.

Persons referred to:
Churchman, John
Huntington, Benjamin
Ramsay, David
Smith, William
Tucker, Thomas Tudor
White, Alexander

Places referred to:
Baffin's Bay
South Carolina

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constitution, US
patents, for invention
privileges, printing

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