House of Representatives, Doc. No. 11, Circular letter from the Secretary of State to scientists and public educators and their responses

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As requested by the House of Representatives, the President ordered the Secretary of State to send a circular letter to men of science and familiar with public education to ask their opinions on the matter of the Smithson Bequest. The Secretary sent the letter to John Quincy Adams, Francis Wayland, Thomas Cooper, M.D., Richard Rush, Albert Gallatin, Stephan Olin and Professor Davis. The responses of all but Gallatin, Olin and Davis are included in the report.


  • Forsyth, John 1780-1841
  • Van Buren, Martin 1782-1862
  • Adams, John Quincy 1767-1848
  • Wayland, Francis 1796-1865
  • Cooper, Thomas 1759-1839
  • Rush, Richard 1780-1859
  • Gallatin, Albert 1761-1849
  • Olin, Stephan
  • United States President
  • United States Congress


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  • H.R. Doc. No. 25-11, 1838
  • Title 20, Education
  • Report - Congressional

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


  • 1977
  • 12/10/1838


  • Smithson Bequest
  • Trusts and trustees
  • Letters
  • Act to establish the "Smithsonian Institution," for the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge Among Men
  • Strategic planning


Report - Congressional

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Number of pages: 18; Page Numbers: 1-18

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