Emma de la Batut's Claim to Smithson Estate

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Emma Kirby de la Batut solicits the help of the Minister of France to claim her right to the Smithson estate. Earlier in the year, on February 28, she had written to the Ministers of France and the United States, offering to exchange a valuable seal of the Duke of Northumberland and some of Smithson's family relics in return for her part of the Smithson bequest.


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James Smithson Collection, 1796-1951. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7000, Box 3, Folder 6; Box 4, Folder 7.

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November 7, 1881


  • Smithson Bequest
  • Controversies
  • Inheritance and succession

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