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In the Annual Report for 1851, Secretary Joseph Henry notes that nearly fifty original papers, "purporting to be additions to the sum of human knowledge," have been presented for publication. Eight of these are accepted for publication. He describes the system of review used to select papers for publication as memoirs, and counters the idea that the intention of James Smithson's bequest would best be served by publication on practical subjects. "The true, the beautiful, as well as the immediately practical, are all entitled to a share of attention." (p. 203)


Henry, Joseph 1797-1878


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Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1853, p. 202-8

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