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

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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.


  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • United States Congress


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


See also Senate Resolution 4

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



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