House of Representatives, Doc. No. 10, Reports from the Secretary of State and the Secretary of the Treasury on the Smithsonian Bequest

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The President transmitted reports from the Secretaries of State and Treasury on the subject of the Smithsonian Bequest as requested by the House on July 9, 1838. The Secretaries' reports include correspondence between Richard Rush and Secretary of State John Forsythe and between Richard Rush and Messrs. Clarke, Fynmore and Fladgate, attorneys for Madame de la Batut, the mother of the late Mr. Hungerford (the heir of Smithson), regarding her claim to the Smithson estate. The report also includes a summary of the proceedings in Chancery and the costs incurred in the prosecuting the suit.


  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Rush, Richard 1780-1859
  • Forsyth, John 1780-1841
  • Hungerford, Henry James c. 1808-1835
  • de la Batut, Mary Ann
  • Van Buren, Martin 1782-1862
  • United States Congress
  • Clarke, Fynmore & Fladgate
  • United States President


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  • H.R. Doc. No. 38-10 at , 1838
  • Title 20, Education
  • Report - Congressional

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United States Congressional Serial Set, Part I (Book)

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


  • 1977
  • 12/10/1838


  • Trusts and trustees
  • Smithson Bequest
  • Law
  • Equity pleading and procedure
  • Actions and defenses
  • Letters
  • Lawyers
  • Wills
  • Fees
  • Costs (Law)
  • Lawyers--Fees


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Report - Congressional

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Number of pages: 67; Page Numbers: 1-67

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