Ramsay's Petition, Charleston (1789)

Source: National Archives, Records of the United States Senate, SEN 1A-G3, RG 46.

Ramsay's Petition, Charleston (1789), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Full title:
Petition of David Ramsay of the State of South Carolina to the U.S. Senate

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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 copyright protection petition 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: Charleston

Language: English

Source: National Archives, Records of the United States Senate, SEN 1A-G3, RG 46.

Persons referred to:
Adams, John
Ramsay, David

Places referred to:
Charleston, South Carolina
Great Britain
South Carolina

Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:
U.S. Senate

U.S. Constitutional Copyright Clause 1789

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