Charles de la Batut Claim to Smithson Estate

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Charles de la Batut, a grandson of Madame de la Batut by her second marriage, writes to Secretary Langley to explain and defend his relationship to James Smithson, including with his letter a genealogic tree as proof. He also expresses disdain for Langley's suggestion that the de la Batut family take charge of Smithson's remains, due to the expense that would be involved.


  • de la Batut, Charles
  • Smithson, James 1765-1829


Chronology of Smithsonian History


James Smithson Collection, 1796-1951. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7000, p. Box 4 Folder 7.

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


August 17, 1893


  • Smithson Bequest
  • Controversies

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