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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
WHEREAS, Ruggles S. Torrey, of Bangor, in the County of Penobscot
and State of Maine, has obtained LETTERS PATENT, dated June 7, 1859, for a new
and useful improvement in BEE HIVES AND WHEREAS Josiah Gale of Barre
in the County of Washington and State of Vermont
being desirous of acquiring an interest therein:
NOW THIS INDETURE WITNESSETH, That
for and in consideration of the sum of Three Dollars to Me in
hand paid, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged I have
assigned, sold and set over, and do hereby assign, sell and set over to the
all the right, title and interest which I have in
the invention, so secured by said Letters Patent, for his own use in one
and in no other place or places, the same to be held and enjoyed by the
for his own use in behoof, in one location, and for the use of
his legal representatives, to the full end of the term for which said Letters
granted, as fully and entirely as the same would have been enjoyed
by Me had this assignment not been made.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set My
hand and affixed My seal, this 11th
day of Sept 1862.
Signed, Sealed and Delivered,
in presence of
By his Atty
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Ruggles Torrey was selling an idea. In 1859, he invented a beehive that he called the "Maine State Bee-Hive." Josiah Gale, a farmer from Barre, Vermont, wanted to build one of Torrey's hives. By sending Torrey three dollars, Gale then got permission to build those hives "for his own use [and] in one location." This license allowed Mr. Gale to construct beehives following Torrey's plans. Mr. Torrey had the description printed on the back of the license, and may have sent plans of the patent along with this license.
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License for Bee Hives
| creator Josiah Gale (1825-1908)
| date Sep 11, 1862
| location Vermont
| height 7.5"
| width 9.75"
| process/materials printed paper, ink with manuscript
| item type Legal Documents/Contract
| accession # #L01.068
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