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Monroe, James (1758-1831) [Patent for John Babcock's improvement in printer's ball stocks]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06239 Author/Creator: Monroe, James (1758-1831) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Document signed Date: 18 March 1818 Pagination: 2 p. ; 37 x 29 cm.

Signed by Monroe as President. Countersigned by John Quincy Adams as Secretary of State and William Wirt as Attorney General. Babcock's description (page two) countersigned by R. J. Ingersoll and William Scott as witnesses. Contains a covered seal and faded white ribbon.

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