Quotation by Henry David Thoreau

There is a patent office at the seat of government of the universe, whose managers are as much interested in the dispersion of seeds as anybody at Washington can be, and their operations are infinitely more extensive and regular.
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "The Succession of Forest Trees" (1860), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 187, Houghton Mifflin (1906).

The U.S. Patent Office in Thoreau's day supplied samples of new seed varieties to farmers.
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