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1 Stuart to Thompson, Aug. 25, 1857, box 74, Letters Relating to the Patent Office, Records of the Office of the Secretary of the Interior, Record Group 48, National Archives, Washington, DC (hereinafter cited as RG 48, NA).

2 Thompson to the attorney general [Black], Sept. 7, 1857, Thompson to Stuart, Sept. 29, 1857, Thompson to A. G. Brown, Sept. 30, 1857, Thompson to the commissioner of patents [Holt], Sept. 30, 1857, Letter Book, Patents, vol.1, ibid. Because Senator Albert G. Brown of Mississippi had taken an interest in the Stuart case, Thompson presented both him and Holt with copies of the correspondence regarding Stuartís question.

3 Holt to Thompson, Dec. 12, 1857, box 75, Letters From the Commissioner of Patents, ibid.; Report of the Commissioner of Patents for the Year 1857" (Arts and Manufacturers, vol. 1), 35th Cong., 1st sess., 1857, S. Ex. Doc, serial 925, pp. 8-9. Biographical data for Holt may be found in the Journal of the Patent Office Society 18 (July1936): 156-157, and the Dictionary of American Biography.

4 Stuart to Thompson, Dec. 18, 1857, box 74, Letters Relating to the Patent Office, RG 48, NA. Stuartís quoted and paraphrased statements, prior to the next footnote, are from this letter.

5 Thompson to the attorney general, Dec. 27, 1857; Thompson to A. G. Brown, Jan. 11, 1858, Letter Book, Patents, vol. 1, ibid.

6 Black to Thompson, June 10, 1858, box 348, Opinions of the Attorney General Ė Patents, 1857-1895, Letters Received, Patents and Miscellaneous, ibid.; Thompson to Stuart, June 15, 1848, Letter Book, Patents, vol. L, ibid.

7 Congressional Globe, 35th Cong., 2d sess., 1858-1859, p. 687.

8 Brown to Stuart, May 26, 1859, reprinted on a broadside entitled "A Want Supplied in the Cultivation of Cotton and Corn," 1860, in the Oscar J. E. Stuart Papers, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson, MS.

9 Report of the Commissioner of Patents, 35th Cong., 1st sess., 1857, S Ex. Doc. 30, serial 925, pp. 8-9.


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