Scientific American, v 9 (ns) no 14, p 217, 3 October 1863
Patent Office Report for 1861
We have before had occasion to notice the progress of the engravings for this work, under the auspices of Messrs. E.R. Jewett & Co., of Buffalo, N.Y. We are now able to announce the entire completion of their artistic labors. As soon as the letter-press is finished at Washington, we presume the Reports will be issued to the public. We are under obligation to Messrs. Jewett for two handsomely bound volumes containing the proof sheets of the engravings above referred to. They embrace all the patents of 1861 -- over three thousand in number, and the beautiful manner in which they are executed reflects the highest credit upon the contractors. It ought to be a matter of great satisfaction to the Commissioner of Patents that he has been enabled to command the assistance of artists who possess the skill and the will to execute their work so faithfully. The engraving of the Report for 1862 is now being done by Messrs. Jewett.
Patent for New Orleans -- Return of a Prodigal City
We have just procured the grant of a patent for a resident of New Orleans, it being the first for any inventor in the Crescent City since its return to loyalty. We look upon this event as a cheerful token of returning reason, and faithful allegiance to the old and legitimate Government. Prior to the rebellion we did a large amount of business for inventors in New Orleans and other places in Louisiana, the suspension of which, for over two years, has been most injurious to them.
Patent Office Fees
The Patent Office fees fell off to the amount of some eight thousand dollars after the secession of the Southern States, but for the past year receipts have been equal to the expenditures. Under these circumstances the commissioner has estimates for appropriations for an enlargement of the library, which, in works of certain kinds upon science, is very complete. An appropriation is also asked for lighting the body of the old Patent Office structure after the style which has been adopted at the Treasury. The management of the Patent Office under the administration of Commissioner Holloway has been very satisfactory. He has ever shown a most liberal spirit toward inventors.