Opinion of Attorney General on National Museum

ID: SIA2011-1001

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Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: June 10, 1857

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, ReadRm, Folder: Contained within: Official Opinions of the Attorneys General of the United States

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Summary

Attorney General Jeremiah S. Black responds to a query from the Honorable Jacob Thompson, Secretary of the Interior, as to whether objects of natural history belonging to the government are to be placed in the Smithsonian Institution. He affirms that 1. The object of natural history belonging to the government are to be placed in the Smithsonian Institution; 2. Implied repeals are not to be favored; 3. An earlier law is never to be taken as repealed by a later without words to that effect, unless they be so inconsistent that both cannot stand together. Thus, 5 Stat 534 and 10 Stat 572, which place the objects of the Exploring Expedition in the Patent Office do not mean that they should not eventually be transferred to the National Museum at the Smithsonian when Congress supplies appropriations to the Smithsonian for their care, as Congress did on 3 March 1856, based on 9 Stat 102.

Subject

  • Black, Jeremiah S
  • Thompson, Jacob 1810-1885
  • National Collections
  • United States National Museum
  • United States Patent Office
  • United States Attorney-General
  • United States Dept. of the Interior
  • United States Exploring Expedition (USEE)

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

See bibliographic record 4067 for details on the resolution: https://siarchives.si.edu/collections/siris_sic_4067.

Contained within

  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Reading Room, "Opinion on Objects of Natural History Belonging to the Government," by J. S. Black,Washington, D.C.:, W. H. & O. H. Morrison, 1866
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, ReadRm, Folder: Contained within: Official Opinions of the Attorneys General of the United States

Contact information

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

Date

June 10, 1857

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Topic

  • Judicial opinions
  • Legal opinions
  • Natural History
  • Specimens
  • Museums
  • History
  • Natural history
  • Museums--History

Place

Washington (D.C.)

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Document
  • Opinion of the Attorneys-General

ID Number

SIA2011-1001

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White Size: 8.5w x 11h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper

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