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Richard Rush, by Unknown, 1856, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 21419 or MAH-21419.

July 17, 1838

Richard Rush sails from London on July 17, 1838, on the packet ship, the Mediator, bound for New York City. He is transporting the proceeds of James Smithson's estate, which he has converted into gold sovereigns, and Smithson's personal effects, including his library, mineral collection, and scientific notes.

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