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Jul 28 Handwritten Draft of James Smithson Will, Pages 1 and 3 and 2 and 4

Jul 28 Aaron Vail Informs US of James Smithson's Gift

 

Jul 28 Aaron Vail Informs US of James Smithson's Gift

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Year: 
1835
Month: 
july
Day: 
28
Date: 
Tue, 1835-07-28

Aaron Vail, Charge d'Affaires of the United States in London, writes to Secretary of State John Forsyth, to inform him that an Englishman named James Smithson has left a bequest to the people of the United States to found in Washington an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge. Vail was notified by Smithson's solicitors, Messrs. Clarke, Fynmore & Fladgate.