The footsteps of James Smithson, Part I, Staffa Island and Blue Plaque

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Discusses the life and research of James Smithson (1765-1829) and his bequest which established the Smithsonian. Discusses Matsumoto's trip to the Hebrides, following Smithson's footsteps from his expedition of 1784.


Smithson, James 1765-1829


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Written in Japanese with an English reprint of Smithson's will.

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Bulletin of the Society of Historical Metrology, Japan Vol. 35, No. 1 (No. 41) (Journal.)

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




  • Scientific expeditions
  • Geology
  • Field work
  • Staffa, Isle of
  • Geology--Field work


  • Scotland
  • Hebrides

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Number of pages: 12; Page numbers: 39-50

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