George de la Batut Claim to Smithson Estate

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Summary

George Henry de la Batut, son of Madame de la Batut by her second marriage, writes to the Smithsonian to aggressively state his claim to the Smithson estate. In addition, he mentions his meeting with Thomas Donaldson, and is aggrieved to have received no thanks for the articles of memorabilia he gave. He offers to sell the Institution a full-length portrait of Henry James Hungerford for the sum of 3000 francs. He previously wrote to Secretary Henry to state his claim in 1877.

Subject

de la Batut, George Henry

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

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

Contact information

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

Date

February 9, 1879

Topic

  • Smithson Bequest
  • Controversies

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