A Bill to authorize the President of the United States to assert and prosecute the right to the Smithson bequest

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Summary

Mr. Adams from the Select Committee reported the bill which was read twice and committed to a Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union. The bill authorizes the President to appoint an agent to assert the claim of the United States to Smithson's money in the court of chancery in England. It pledges that all funds from Smithson will be put toward the establishment of the Smithsonian Institution for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.

Subject

  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • United States Congress

Category

Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • H. R. 187
  • Title 20, Education
  • bill

Notes

See also Senate Resolution 4

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(Documents)

Contact information

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

Date

01/19/1836

Topic

  • Smithson Bequest
  • SI, Early History
  • Delegation of authority

Form/Genre

Bill

Physical description

Number of pages: 3; Page Numbers: 1-3

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