House of Representatives Doc. No. 51, Memorial of the City of Washington on the subject of the Smithsonian Bequest

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The memorial expressed the desire that the establishment of the Smithsonian Institution be taken into immediate and serious consideration. The people of Washington wished to see the wishes of Smithson carried into effect as soon as possible. The memorial stressed the benefit that the Smithsonian Institution would have for all people of the United States but especially the people of Washington and urged Congress to take up the matter.


  • Force, Peter 1790-1868
  • Goldborough, Charles W
  • Watterson, Geo
  • Maury, John Walker
  • Wilson, John
  • Adams, George
  • Byington, Samuel
  • United States Congress


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  • H.R. Doc. No. 26-51
  • 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
  • 02/05/1840


  • Smithson Bequest
  • Memorials
  • Act to establish the "Smithsonian Institution," for the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge Among Men


Washington (D.C.)


Report - Congressional

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Number of pages: 2; Page Numbers: 1-2

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