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  • Present: George M. Dallas, William W. Seaton, Alexander Dallas Bache, George P. Marsh, Robert McClelland, and Joseph G. Totten. Also Present: Joseph Henry. Present by Invitation: Dr. Robert Hare. The members not present were Roger B. Taney, James A. Pearce, Jefferson Davis, Sidney Breese, Henry W. Hilliard, Rufus Choate, Gideon Hawley, Richard Rush, and William C. Preston.
  • Mr. Seaton presented the revised report of the Executive Committee, withdrawn to include accounts up to the first day of 1849, which was accepted. The secretary read a letter from Dr. Hare, regarding the gift of "his apparatus to the institution," which was ordered to be placed in the journal. Mr. Bache presented letters from J. Guillemard and Professor Faraday regarding James Smithson, which were ordered to preserved in the archives of the Institution. From the Building Committee, Mr. Seaton read a letter from Mr. Owen regarding the publication his work "Hints on Public Architecture." The board resolved that the Building Committee be authorized to "transfer, out of the appropriations originally made for experiments on building materials, a sum not exceeding two hundred dollars, to the appropriations heretofore made, for the publication of a volume on public architecture."
  • The board then considered appropriations for the next year based on the recommendations of the Executive Committee, which were adopted. The board resolved that the chancellor and the secretary be authorized to exchange Treasury notes belonging to the Institution for U.S. stock; that the certificates of this stock "be taken in the name of The Chancellor and Secretary," and that they be at the disposal of the same people under the "regulations heretofore existing as to the Treasury notes for the purposes of the institution, in accordance with several appropriations of the Board." The board also resolved that the secretary be authorized to appoint someone whose salary was not to exceed four hundred dollars per year, to "act as book-keeper and accountant of the institution and to perform such other duties as are specified in the report of the Executive Committee."
  • The secretary presented a "copy of the last edition of Dr. Hare's Chemistry," which contained illustrations of his "apparatus," which had become the property of the Institution. The board resolved that the secretary be requested to prepare a catalogue of Dr. Hare's apparatus, "illustrated by impressions from the original blocks." The board then adjourned to meet the following Saturday at 11:00 AM.


  • McClelland, Robert
  • Seaton, William Winston 1785-1866
  • Totten, Joseph Gilbert 1788-1864
  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • Dallas, George Mifflin 1792-1864
  • Hare, Robert 1781-1858
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Marsh, George Perkins 1801-1882
  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Owen, Robert Dale 1801-1877
  • Guillemard, J
  • Faraday, Michael 1791-1867
  • Hawley, Gideon 1785-1870
  • Pearce, James Alfred
  • Breese, Sidney 1800-1878
  • Davis, Jefferson 1808-1889
  • Hilliard, Henry W (Henry Washington) 1808-1892
  • Rush, Richard 1780-1859
  • Taney, Roger Brooke 1777-1864
  • Preston, William C. 1794-1860
  • Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859
  • Board of Regents
  • Board of Regents Executive Committee
  • Board of Regents Special Committee
  • Board of Regents Committee on Buildings
  • Journal of Proceedings of the Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, at the City of Washington, Beginning on the First Monday of September, 1846
  • Hints on Public Architecture containing, among other illustrations, views and plans of the Smithsonian Institution : together with an appendix relative to building materials, prepared, on behalf of the Building Committee of the Smithsonian Institution, by Robert Dale Owen (Book)


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  • 1849/01/03 Regents Minutes
  • Board of Regents - Minutes of Meetings, 1846-

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 1, Board of Regents Vol. 1 (Bound volume)

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  • 1879
  • January 3, 1849


  • Publishers and publishing
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  • Board of Regents
  • Board of Regents--Financial policies


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Number of pages: 3; Page numbers: 52-54

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