ohn Quincy Adams
Copyright for The American Practical Catechism
Location of original: Offices of Beem Patent Law Firm, Chicago, IL
Secretary of State: John Quincy Adams
Date signed: December 20, 1821
Copyright awarded to Mahlon Day Book (42 pages)
The American Practical Catechism for the use of schools: to which are annexed easy and instructive lessons for young readers, tending to inculcate sentiments of morality and virtue; compiled by the aid of persons of various denominations who are interested in the education of children with an appendix for parents and teachers.
This copyright certificate is the only one in the Beem collection. It is signed by John Quincy Adams as Secretary of State. The certificate includes references to the date of passage of the first Copyright Act (“31st day of May, A.D. 1790”) and to the date when prints were added as protected works “passed on the 29th of April, A.D. 1802”). The certificate states that the book was deposited with the Secretary of State.