Resolution to authorize and enable the President to assert and prosecute the claim of the United States to the Smithson bequest

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Summary

The resolution authorizes the President to appoint an agent to assert the claim of the United States to the Smithson bequest in the court of chancery and empowers the agent to receive the money. It authorizes up to five thousand dollars for this purpose. The resolution pledges that all money received from the bequest will be applied toward establishing the Smithsonian Institution.

Subject

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

Category

Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • S. 4
  • Title 20, Education
  • Resolution

Notes

See also H.R. 187.

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(Documents)

Contact information

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

Date

01/05/1836

Topic

  • Smithson Bequest
  • SI, Early History
  • Delegation of authority

Form/Genre

Resolution

Physical description

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

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