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SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

D0CUMENTS RELATIVE TO ITS ORIGIN
AND HISTORY.

1835–1899.

COMPILEI) AND EDITED BY

wri LIAM JOINTIES IFIELIEEE-

IN TV O V O L U M E S.

Wol. II–1887–1899.
FIFTIE TH CON GRESS TO FIFTY-FIFTH CON GRESS

WASHINGTON:
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE.
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CONTENTS OF VOLUMES I AND II.

VOLUME I.

Page.

Resolution to print.------------------------------------------------------- ii

Advertisement ----------------------------------------------------------- ini

Preface------------------------------------------------------------------ V

Contents----------------------------------------------------------------- vii.

Act of organization of the Institution and amendments, etc. to March 3, 1899... xxi
Acts and joint resolutions of Congress referred to in this work --------------- xxvii

PART I.

Will of James Smithson (made October 23, 1826; proved June 27, 1829)...... 5

Correspondence between attorneys in England, the Department of State,

Richard Rush, etc., relative to the bequest of Smithson (July 21, 1835–

December 3, 1838)------------------------------------------------------ 7–111

The case of the United States Government against the English Government in
the court of chancery to obtain the bequest------------------------------- 13
Opinion of the English counsel-------------------------------------------- 14
Decree in chancery awarding Smithson’s bequest to the United States, May
12, 1888---------------------------------------------------------------- 56

Account of costs of the sit------------------------------------------------ 70

Account of expenses of Richard Rush.-------------------------------------- 98

Schedule of the personal effects of Smithson. ------------------------------- 98

Smithson bequest paid into the Treasury of the United States --------------- 109

Residuary bequest of Smithson (May 16, 1861–February 22, 1867) ----------- 112

Increase of the Smithson fund:

Hamilton fund (February 24, 1874)------------------------------------ 120

Habel fund (March 15, 1880) ------------------------------------------ 120

Hodgkins fund (October 22, 1891–May 19, 1894). ----------------------- 120

Other bequests and gifts to the Institution:
Avery fund (1894)---------------------------------------------------- 121
Kidder bequest (1889)-------------. ---------------------------------- 121
Bell gift (1891)------------------------------------------------------- 121

PART II.

Legislation relative to the establishment of the Smithsonian Institution, 1835–

1847------------------------------------------------------------------- 123

Twenty-fourth Congress, 1835–1837:

Message of President Jackson, December 17, 1835. ---------------------- 125

Report of Senate Committee on the Judiciary (Leigh) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 135

Report of House select committee (Adams) ---------------------------- 130

Debates on acceptance of the bequest --------------------- ------------- 136

Act to authorize and enable the President to prosecute the claim for the

Smithson bequest--------------------------------------------------- 142

Twenty-fifth Congress, 1837–1839: Page.
Bequest considered --------------------------------------------------- 143
Message of President Van Buren, December 6, 1838. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
Memorial of Prof. Walter R. Johnson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .-- 146
Memorial of Charles Lewis Fleischmann. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Speeches on application of the bequest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... ---- 163, 173
Bill for disposition of the bequest (Robbins). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .--------- 171
Debate on establishment of the Smithsonian Institution ................ 173

Twenty-sixth Congress, 1839–1841:

Bill offered for disposition of the bequest (Adams). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184

Estimates of cost of an astronomical observatory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206

Statement of investment of Smithson bequest in State stocks ............ 215

Bill for disposition of the bequest (Linn) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 215

Incorporation of the National Institution------------------------------- 217

Bill to establish the Smithsonian Institution (Preston) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219

Care of Government collections.--------------------------------------- 219

Internationa exchanges ---------------------------------------------- 220

Twenty-seventh Congress, 1841–1843: -

Repeal of act to invest Smithson fund in State stocks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220

Message of President Tyler, December 7, 1841 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 225

Report of House select committee (Adams) - - - - - - - - - - - - . . . . . . . . . . . ... -- 226

Copies of State bonds procured from Smithson fund . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229

Statement of stocks in which the fund was invested. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235

Bill to establish the Smithsonian Institution (Adams) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235

United States exploring expedition------------- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 239

Twenty-eighth Congress, 1843–1845:

Message of President Tyler, December 5, 1843. --- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 241

Condition of the Smithson fund, January, 1844- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 243

Bonds and stocks purchased from Smithsonian Institution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245

Interest on stocks ---------------------------------------------------- 246

Correspondence relative to purchase of stocks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ----- 250

Bill to establish the Institution (Tappan) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 266

Report from House select committee (Adams)-------------------------- 268

Bill to establish the Institution (Adams). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ---------------- 273

Bill to establish the Institution (Tappan).------------------------------ 276

Debate on bills to establish the Institution ----------------------------- 280

Exploring expedition------------------------------------------------- 320

Twenty-ninth Congress, 1845—1847:

Bill to establish the Institution (Owen).------------------------------- 321

Debate in House on establishment of Institution. ----...---------------- 333

Bill to establish the Institution (Morse) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3SS

Bill to establish the Institution (Hough), passed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ---- 423

Act to establish the Institution, approved August 10, 1846. . . . . . . . ... ---- 429

International exchanges ---------------------------------------------- 434

Exploring expedition------------------------------------------------- 435

Catlin Indian gallery ------------------------------------------------- 435

Appointment of Regents ---------------------------------------------- 436

Purchase of city hall for Smithsonian Institution (proposed) ---...------ 438
Report of the Smithsonian Institution . . . . . ... ---------. --------------- 439

PART III.”

Legislation relative to the Institution and its dependencies, 1847–1899-...----- 441

Thirtieth Congress, 1847–1849:

Committee on the Smithsonian Institution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... ------ 443

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