Joseph Jenks' Patent


First patent in Colonial America 1646


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General Court, The Massachusetts Bay in New England 1646

Details provided by Jennifer Fauxsmith, Reference Archivist, Massachusetts Archives The document was silked many years ago, which in conjunction with the bleed through of the ink makes the document difficult to read.
This is from: CT0/series 1700X, Proceedings of the Massachusetts Bay Company, v.3:p.460


Transcription of the above document by Curtis White, NPS/SIW Lead Park Ranger [email 3/14/2008]
It is ordered by this Court that Joseph Jenkes senior & his Assignees only
shall have liberty  ?? ??? to them to make that Engine also sd Jenkes ????
[proposed]? to this Court for the more speedy cutting of grasse for seven
yeares & also no inhabitant or other person within this jurisdiction during
that time shall make or use ?? kind of engine without ???? first obtained
from the sd. Jenks on the penalty of five pounds for every such engine so
made or used as aforesaid to be honoured at any Court in the Jurisdiction
by the sd. Joseph Jenkes senior.

Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England

THE MASS ARCHIVE IMAGE IS NOT THE ORIGINAL JENKS PATENT
Transcription by Nathaniel Bradstreet Shurtleff p49
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Jenks' Patent outlined