STATE OF DELAWARE
WHEREAS, the founding fathers of our Nation, in drafting our Constitution, provided that "The Congress shall have power . . . To Promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries", and
WHEREAS, the Congress of the United States responded by establishing a patent system under which American inventors have, over the years, made outstanding contributions to the world's engineering, manufacturing, and scientific endeavors; and
WHEREAS, both the Senate and the House of the United States Congress have now passed and the President of the United States has now signed, a resolution officially designating the birthday of Thomas Edison, February 11th, as National Inventors' Day.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, SHERMAN W. TRIBBITT, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim the week of February 11, 1973 as "Delaware Inventors' Week" in commemoration of the useful arts within the United States and to those contributions made by all inventors. Let it be known in this way, that the State of Delaware expresses thanks to its inventor-citizens for their contributions to the economy and welfare of this state and our nation. Let it further be known that the State of Delaware pays tribute to the United States Patent System, recalling the words of Abraham Lincoln : "The Patent System adds the fuel of interest to the fire of genius."
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, SHERMAN W. TRIBBITT, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover this 6th day of February,
(GREAT SEAL) in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and seventy-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninety-eighth.
SHERMAN W. TRIBBITT, Governor
Attest: ROBERT H. REED, Secretary of State