Speech of G. P. Marsh in the 29th Congress, Ses. 1, 1846, House of Representatives

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Speech of Mr. G. P. Marsh on the bill to establish the Smithsonian Institution. He discusses some of the problems with the administration of the fund and the responsibility of Congress to organize and establish an institution that would conform to the wishes of Smithson. He argues that the proposed bill accomplishes both the increase and diffusion of knowledge as required by the will. He is especially in favor of the proposed library.


  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Marsh, George Perkins 1801-1882
  • United States Congress


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  • Title 20, Education
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Appendix to the Congressional Globe vol XV (Book)

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  • 1846
  • 04/22/1846


  • Smithson Bequest
  • Debates and Debating
  • Act to establish the "Smithsonian Institution," for the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge Among Men
  • SI, Early History
  • Congressional Debates
  • Libraries
  • National Collections
  • Mission statements


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Number of pages: 5; Page Numbers: 850-854

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