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Seite 161 - British empire, a public institution for diffusing the knowledge and facilitating the general introduction of useful mechanical inventions and improvements, and for teaching, by courses of philosophical lectures and experiments, the application of science to the common purposes of life.
Seite 115 - ... engaged in the postal service, and is not above the weight provided by law, which is hereby declared to be not exceeding four pounds for each package thereof, except in case of single books weighing in excess of that amount, and except for books and documents published or circulated by order of Congress...
Seite 161 - A glance at the names of a few of the great organizations instituted in different parts of the world at the close of the last and beginning of the present century...
Seite 168 - Congress may hereafter direct, to the purpose of founding and endowing at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men; to which application of the said moneys and other funds, the faith of the United States is hereby pledged.
Seite 116 - Be it enacted by tlie Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That...
Seite 173 - July last to apply to persons versed in science and familiar with the subject of public education for their views as to the mode of disposing of the fund best calculated to meet the intentions of the testator and prove most beneficial to mankind.
Seite 147 - there may be persons who, measuring the importance of the subject by the magnitude of the object, will cast a supercilious look on this discussion ; but the particle and the planet are subject to the same laws, and what is learned of the one will be known of the other.
Seite 193 - I, JAMES SMITHSON, son of Hugh, first Duke of Northumberland, and Elizabeth, heiress of the Hungerfords of Audley, and niece of Charles the Proud, Duke of Somerset...
Seite 144 - confident against the world in arms," as it may have been in ages long past, and may still be in the virtues of its present possessors by inheritance; let the trust of James Smithson to the United States of America, be faithfully executed by their Representatives in Congress ; let the result accomplish his object, " the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men...
Seite 154 - Mr. Smithson frequently repeated an occurrence with, much pleasure and exultation, as exceeding anything that could be brought into competition with it ; and this must apologize for my introducing what might otherwise be deemed an anecdote too light and trifling on such an occasion as the present. "Mr. Smithson declared that happening to observe a tear gliding down a lady's cheek, he endeavored to catch it on a crystal vessel; that one-half of the drop escaped, but having preserved the other half...