Handwritten Draft of James Smithson Will, Pages 1 and 3 and 2 and 4

ID: 72-3960-A and 72-3960

Creator: Smithson, James 1765-1829

Form/Genre: Paper

Date: 1826

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7000, Box 2, Folder: 12

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Summary

Full text of the four page, double-sided handwritten draft of James Smithson's will, in which he specifies his bequest to the United States. This handwritten draft of Smithson's will was acquired by the Smithsonian Institution in 1878 from George Henry de la Batut of France. The draft may have been written by Smithson's clerk.

Author

Smithson, James 1765-1829

Subject

  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • de la Batut, George Henry

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

  • 72-3960-A (pages 1 and 3) and 72-3960 (pages 2 and 4).
  • The final version of the will was written on October 23, 1826 and proved on November 4, 1829 and is located at the National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey. To view a digital facsimile of the Court's version of the final three-page will of James Smithson that was submitted to the Chancery Court after his death in 1829, visit The National Archives of Great Britain web site at http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ under wills.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7000, Box 2, Folder: 12

Contact information

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

Date

1826

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

  • Wills
  • Bequest
  • Holographic wills
  • Philanthropists
  • Benefactors
  • Wills--Great Britain

Place

Great Britain

Form/Genre

  • Paper
  • Document
  • Will

ID Number

72-3960-A and 72-3960

Physical description

Color: Color; Size: 14.75w x 9.25h unfolded, 2 pages on each side; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper

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