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Work covers the life and career of James Smithson and his bequest to America. Also covers Congressional debates over the appropriation, as well as early history of the Smithsonian.


  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • United States Congress


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Includes extensive table of contents and illustrations. Also includes appendix which contains the obituary notice of James Smithson, biographies of the first and second Dukes of Northumberland and Notices of Smithson's Papers, extracts of Smithson's writings, and a catalogue of the library of James Smithson.

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