Affidavit of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Pennsylvania (1853)

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Affidavit of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Pennsylvania (1853), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Office of the District Court of the District of Maine
and that she has complied with all the provisions
and requisitions of the Acts of Congress aforesaid.
            That she has never assigned, transferred or
disposed of her right title and interest in the
said Book or any part or portion thereof or the
copyright thereof to the said defendant F. W. Thomas
or to any other person; nor ever consented that
the same should be translated [into German] and copied, printed,
reprinted or published by or for the said F. W. Thomas
or any other person except for herself and under
her direction, authority and control.
            That she has ever had and still hath
sole and exclusive right to translate, print, publish
and sell the same for her own private benefit and
advantage [except that she has authorized a translation to be made
& published in the Welsh language]
and she hath actually sold and caused
to be sold the said Book at a reasonable price
and hath always had on hand and offered for
sale at a reasonable price a sufficient number
of copies of the same and hath been and is
in the enjoyment of the profits thereof.
            That the said F. W. Thomas has since translating,
printing and publication of said Book and since
the securing of the Copyright thereof by this Deponent
as aforesaid to wit on the first day of January
1853 at the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
aforesaid translated and copied into the German
language and printed, published, sold and exposed
to sale and caused to be so translated and
copied as aforesaid and printed, published, sold
and exposed to sale in a certain daily Newspaper
called "Die Freie Presse" pages thirteen to twenty and
part of page twenty-one of this Deponent's said
Book; and on the third day of January 1853
in the said Newspaper the remaining part of


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