Letter from Noah Webster to Daniel Webster, New Haven (1826)

Source: Morristown National Historic Park, Lloyd W. Smith Archival Collection

Letter from Noah Webster to Daniel Webster, New Haven (1826), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Letter from Noah Webster to Daniel Webster

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A letter from Noah Webster to Daniel Webster. In the letter Noah Webster lobbied for perpetual statutory copyright and presented his version of the concept of copyright as a natural property right.

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  • Unger, H.G. Noah Webster: The Life and Times of an American Patriot. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1998.

  • Webster, Noah. 'Origin of the Copy-right Laws of the United States.' In A Collection of Papers on Political, Literary and Moral Subjects. New York: Webster & Clark, 1843.

  • Micklethwait, David. Noah Webster and the American Dictionary, Jefferson N.C.: McFarland, 2000.

Related documents in this database:
1814: Copyright Act
1818: Select Committee Report on the Copyright Acts
1818: Select Committee Report: Minutes of Evidence
1784: Letter from Noah Webster to James Madison
1826: Letter from Daniel Webster to Noah Webster
1831: Copyright Act

Author: Noah Webster

Publisher: N/A

Year: 1826

Location: New Haven

Language: English

Source: Morristown National Historic Park, Lloyd W. Smith Archival Collection

Persons referred to:
Johnson, Samuel
Webster, Daniel
Webster, Noah

Places referred to:

Cases referred to:
Donaldson v. Becket (1774) 4 Burr. 2408, 2 Bro. P.C. 129

Institutions referred to:
Stationers' Hall

Copyright Act, 1814, 54 Geo.III, c.156&Legislation_referred_to_in_commentary>

author/publisher relations
common law copyright
labour theory
natural rights
perpetual protection
property theory, authors' property

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