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AUTHOR:
Smithson, James 1765-1829
SUBJECT:
Smithson, James 1765-1829
de la Batut, George Henry
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:
Color: Color; Size: 14.75w x 9.25h unfolded, 2 pages on each side; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper
TYPE:
Paper
Document
Will
DATE:
1826
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/SearchUI/image/Index/D168292?index=0&page=0.
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.
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
TOPIC:
Benefactors
Bequest
Holographic wills
Philanthropists
Wills--Great Britain
STANDARD NUMBER:
72-3960-A and 72-3960
RESTRICTIONS:
No restrictions
DATA SOURCE:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

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  • Title: James Smithson Handwritten Will pages 2 and 4
  • Creator: James Smithson
  • Date Created: 1826
  • Subject Keywords: James Smithson, Founding of the Smithsonian Institution

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