James Smithson and His Bequest

Smithsonian Institution., 1880 - 68 Seiten

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Seite 26 - Smithson should be invested, when received, by the Secretary of the Treasury, with the approbation of the President of the United States...
Seite 53 - I shall acquire ampler iinforination at more voluminous sources — to a conviction that it is in his knowledge that man has found his greatness and his happiness, the high superiority which he holds over the other animals which inhabit the earth with him, and consequently that no ignorance is probably without loss to him, no error without evil...
Seite 15 - 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 108 - Like the baseless fabric of a vision, Left not a wreck behind.
Seite 15 - 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 will...
Seite 21 - In case of the death of my said nephew without leaving a child or children, or of the death of the child or children he may have had, under the age of twenty-one years, or intestate, I then bequeath the whole of my property (subject to the annuity of...
Seite 54 - Paris, 1819. Bibliotheca Parisiana. A catalogue of a collection of books formed by a gentleman in France.
Seite 16 - Society was to improve the knowledge of natural things, and all useful arts, manufactures, mechanick practises, engynes and inventions by experiments — (not meddling with divinity, metaphysics, moralls, politicks, grammar, rhetorick, or logick.)
Seite 22 - In this committee great opposi tion was manifested at first to the acceptance of the bequest, but this yielded to the arguments and persuasion of the distinguished chairman, Mr. John Q. Adams. A bill was accordingly reported, directing the President to appoint an agent to assert and prosecute for and in behalf of the United States in the court of chancery, England, the legacy bequeathed by James Smithson.

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