Andrew Jackson's Letter to Congress Regarding the Smithson Bequest

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Letter by President Andrew Jackson to the United States Congress informs them that as president he has no authority to take any steps for accepting James Smithson's bequest but instructs Congress to take such measures as they deem necessary to accept the funds.


  • Jackson, Andrew 1767-1845
  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • United States Congress
  • United States President
  • United States President (1829-1837 : Jackson)


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7000 Box 4, Folder 3

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


December 17, 1835

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  • Smithson Bequest
  • Letters
  • SI, Early History
  • Executive power


  • Photographic print
  • Document

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Number of Images: 1; Color: Color Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Photographic print

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