THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF IMPROVEMENTS IN THE USEFUL ARTS, AND MIRROR OF THE PATENT OFFICE, V. 1, No. 1, p. 3 (1828):
The Patent Office is a valuable repository, the contents of which, though accessible to all, are known to but few. By placing them within the convenient reach of every one, the Patentee, the man of inventive genius, (to whom it is important to possess accurate knowledge of abortive as well as successful essays,) and the community at large, may be benefited.
Henry Clay (1777-1852)