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William Thornton, superintendent of the United States Patent Office, notifies W. Josiah Bennett that his model and papers have been received. Thornton further explains the process by which Bennett may receive a patent. November 1, 1809.
Dept. of State Patent Office 1st Nov. 1809 Sir Your model & Paper have been delivered to me, & I thought the Drawing would answer till I examined the model, which is neatly executed; but, finding some Defect, Wm: L: Fidlar engaged W: N: King to make the corrections, and write a specification, which was before wanting. - It must be signed before two witnesses, & an oath must be taken that you believe yourself to be the Inventor. When your Paper is signed & the oath take you will please to enclose the Paper to the Secy of State. -- I am Sir respectfully Yr. Ob William Thornton W: Josiah Bennett
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Department of State, Patent Office, 01 November 1809, 1809, William Thornton, Secretary of State, Josiah Bennett, model, inventions, capital building, Patent Office, W. L. Fidlar, W. N. King, patent
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