Draft of a Letter from the Columbian Institute to Congress, February 6, 1822

ID: SIA RU007051 [SIA_007051_S02_B01_F01_D04]


Form/Genre: Letters (correspondence)

Date: 1822

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7051, Columbian Institute Records, Image No. SIA_007051_S02_B01_F01_D04

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Draft of a memorial of the Columbian Institute to Congress, along with a letter to Daniel Carroll of Duddington, Esquire, for his concurrence. Dating 6 February 1822.

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  • February 6, 1822

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Letters (correspondence)

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(Feb. 6. 1822) To the Senate & Representatives of the United States in Congress assembled, the memorial of the Columbian Institute respectfully represents. That while they feel truly sensible of the obligations they have already experienced from [[insert]]the[[/insert]] Congress, in fostering this Institution, intended solely for the promotion of Science [[insert]]& useful knowledge,[[/insert]] they consider it as a duty to state that they once entertained hopes that they might with propriety have solicited permission to endeavour to derive some pecuniary aid for carrying into effect the plans which had received the sanction of the enlightened Bodies whom they have now the honor to address, [by the establishment of a Lottery; but when they were contemplating the probable success of such an application, some Doubts were [[strikethough]]suggested[[/strikethrough]] entertained of the propriety of the measure, & they declined it; preferring a resort to any mode deemed less exceptionable of forwarding this national object]; and they cannot conceive any [[insert]]mode which[[/insert]] promises such freedom from objection as the one they have now the honor of respectfully submitting. [[drawn line]] Their efforts have been hitherto very much confined by the want of those pecuniary resources, which in the infancy of the Society are absolutely necessary; for every expense in enclosing and preparing the Ground, with the incidental expenses of the meetings of the Society, from time to time, have been defrayed by the private resources of the resident members: [[drawn line]] but when the Society contemplate the erection of a convenient Building for their Sittings, & for the reception of
of their valuable acquisitions, they find themselves totally unprepared to proceed with that vigor which would render the Society respectable. They are therefore constrained to request such aid as will be considered perfectly compatible with the never-ceasing regard which has been exhibited by your honorable Houses to the utmost economy; for this will only bring into activity what may be considered as a latent good. There are two open pieces of ground, one to the South of Square 633, the other to the north of square 635 as laid down by dotted lines in King's map of the City. These belong to the Public, & if ceded to the Columbian Institute they might be laid off into building Lots, the disposed of for the benefit of this public Institution, and the proceeds laid out in such Improvements of the ground [[strikethrough]]already[[/strikethrough]] dedicated to the use of the Institute, as may be judged proper. The Society therefore respectfully beg leave to suggest that they be favored with a cession of the two open spaces abovementioned, to be laid out in conformity with the general plan of the City: and they further solicit from your honorable Houses the sole & exclusive right to occupy the remainder of the ground to the west of that now enclosed, which lies between the ceded ground and the Street that runs north and South [[strikethrough]]marked[[/strikethrough]][[insert]]laid down[[/insert]] in the map of the City as 1[[superscript]][[underlined]]st[[/underlined]][[/superscript]] Street west [[insert]]on the same Terms as before granted, which would[[/insert]][[strikethrough]]which would[[/strikethrough]] not only preserve the ground free from intrusion (by its being surrounded with Streets) but it would add greatly to the value of the whole appropriation, by giving more extent to the various designated portions for the Forest Trees & plants of this very extensive [[strikethrough]]Empire.[[drawing of an underscore line]][[/strikethrough]] Republic. [[drawing of a underscore line]] Submitted with the greatest respect & consideration by, [[???]] City of Wash. 6.[[superscript]]th[[/superscript]] Feby 1822 [[curly bracket to right of final line]]
Draft of a Memorial of the Col[[superscript]]bn[[/superscript]] Institute. to Congress, 6[[superscript]][[underlined]]th[[/underlined]][[/superscript]] Feb[[superscript]]y[[/superscript]]. 1822 _ with a Letter to Danl. Carrol of Dud[[superscript]][[underlined]]n[[/underlined]][[/superscript]] Eq[[superscript]]r[[/superscript]]. for his concurrence &c - [[drawing of a vertical squiggle in the shape of a 3]] [[end page]] [[start page]] (Feb. 6, 1822)