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The document, a copyright agreement for a book, "Antiquarian Researches", written by Epaphras Hoyt of Deerfield, Massachusetts, is dated 1825 and is signed by the Secretary of State. Epaphras Hoyt (1765-1850) published several books and articles during his long lifetime. Mr. Hoyt was active in town affairs and had particular interest in the history of the Connecticut Valley. This agreement for the 312-page book with a short title of Antiquarian Researches and a longer title that fills five lines in the document, is subject to the provisions of United States copyright law, passed in 1790, supplemented by another passed in 1802. The copyright protects the author's material from unlawful use by others.