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MANUSCRIPT. A writing; a writing which has never been printed.
     2. The act of congress securing to authors a copyright passed February 3, 1831, sect. 9, protects authors in their manuscripts, and renders any person who shall unlawfully publish a manuscript liable to an action, and authorizes the courts to enjoin the publisher. See Copyright. The right of the author, to his manuscripts, at common law, cannot be contested. 4 Burr. 2396; 2 Eden, Ch. R. 329; 2 Story, R. 100; 2 Atk. 342; Ambl. 694; 2 B. & A. 290; 2 Story, Eq. Jur. Sec. 943; Eden, Inj. 322; 2 B. & A. 298; 2 Bro. P. C. (Toml. ed.) 138; 4 Vin. Ab. 278; 2 Atk. 342; 2 Ves. & B. 23. These rights will be considered as abandoned if the author publishes his manuscripts, without securing the copyright under the acts of congress. See Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.; Copyright.

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Denham examined the manuscript, she glanced up at her grandfather, and, for the thousandth time, fell into a pleasant dreamy state in which she seemed to be the companion of those giant men, of their own lineage, at any rate, and the insignificant present moment was put to shame.
After she had read it, she sat, staring into space; and when Stella had gone she smoothed out the crumpled manuscript.
He mailed the manuscript in a flat envelope, and addressed it to the editor of the SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER.
My manuscripts made amazing round-trip records between the Pacific and the Atlantic.
So it comes about that in old Scottish and in old Irish manuscripts we find the same stories.
Taking up his manuscript, reading through what he had written, he found with pleasure that the work was worth his working at.
She communed a while, then unrolled a second manuscript.
The other was an ancient Oriental manuscript, richly illuminated with Indian figures and devices, that lay open to inspection on a table.
THE dawn was come when I laid the Manuscript aside.
But I and my companions are ready to keep this manuscript in store; and, if you will put us at liberty "
They had grown gray in study; their eyes were bleared with poring over print and manuscript by the light of the midnight lamp.
He was engaged in correcting the pages of a manuscript book, entirely filled by his own hand.