Benjamin Watkins Leigh's Report to the 24th Congress, Sess 1, Senate

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Leigh reports the details of Smithson's will and the opinion of the Committee on the Judiciary to whom the matter was referred. He reports that the Committee has no doubt that the United States government should act on behalf of the District of Columbia and that it is proper for the United States to prosecute its claim to the fund in the English courts.


  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Leigh, Benjamin Watkins 1781-1849
  • United States Congress


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The Appendix to Gales and Seaton's Register of Congressional Debates vol XII (Book)

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  • 1836
  • 01/05/1836


  • Smithson Bequest
  • Trusts and trustees
  • Act to establish the "Smithsonian Institution," for the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge Among Men
  • SI, Early History


Washington (D.C.)


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Number of pages: 2; Page Numbers: 77-78

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