THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, TO ALL TO WHOM THESE LETTERS PATENT SHALL COME: WHEREAS SAMUEL LANE, A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES, HATH ALLEGED THAT HE HAS INVENTED A NEW AND USEFUL IMPROVEMENT IN THE CORN-SHELLING MACHINE, WHICH IMPROVEMENT, HE STATES, HAS NOT BEEN KNOWN OR USED BEFORE HIS APPLICATION...IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I HAVE CAUSED THESE LETTERS TO BE MADE PATENT, AND THE SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES TO BE HEREUNTO AFFIXED. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND, AT THE CITY OF WASHINGTON, THIS NINTH DAY OF SEPTEMBER, IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIVE, AND OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THE FIFTIETH. J.Q. ADAMS. BY THE PRESIDENT: H. CLAY, SECRETARY OF STATE...WM. WIRT, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES...THE SCHEDULE REFERRED TO IN THESE LETTERS PATENT, AND MAKING PART OF THE SAME; CONTAINING A DESCRIPTION, IN THE WORDS OF THE SAID SAMUEL LANE HIMSELF, OF HIS IMPROVEMENT IN THE CORN-SHELLING MACHINE...SAMUEL LANE. WITNESSES: WILLIAM BLAGROVE, CORNELIUS ROOSA
1825 · [Washington, D.C.
by Shelling Machine Patent
[Washington, D.C., 1825. Printed broadside, 8" x 13.5". Light toning, untrimmed [minor edgewear], old folds [couple of pinholes at junctions, but not affecting any text]. Very Good.
This rare broadside announcement of a patent issued to Samuel Lane, of Maine, is signed in type by President John Quincy Adams, Secretary of State Henry Clay, and Attorney General William Wirt. It contains a complete Description, "in the words of the said Samuel Lane himself," of his improvements to the corn-shelling machine.
In 1828 Lane was the first to receive a patent for a combine. One of the witnesses to Lane's Description was William Blagrove, probably the first full-time Patent Agent in Washington DC, appointed in 1819.
Not located on OCLC, AAS Catalog, American Imprints. (Inventory #: 25214)