Hertz, II, 692-93. Jonathan Haines was a manufacturer of reapers at Pekin, Illinois. See Lincoln to Haines, November 25, 1857, infra. The case referred to was probably one involving patent priority. George H. Rugg v. Jonathan Haines, appealing from a decision of the commissioner of patents awarding priority to Haines in respect to an invention relating to harvesting machines, was decided in favor of Haines by the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia in October, 1855. George H. Rugg was a manufacturer of reapers at Ottawa, Illinois.
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