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Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution: Showing the Operations, Expenditures, and Condition of the Institution for the Year 1865 (Classic Reprint) by Unknown Author (Paperback / softback, 2015)
Excerpt from Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution: Showing the Operations, Expenditures, and Condition of the Institution for the Year 1865 General considerations which should serve as a guide in adopting a Plan of Organization. 1. Will of Smithson. The property is bequeathed to the United States of America, 'to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of kwledge among men. 2.The bequest is for the benefit of mankind. The government of the United States is merely a trustee to carry out the design of the testator. 3. The Institution is t a national establishment, as is frequently supposed, but the establishment of an individual, and is to bear and perpetuate -his name. 4. The objects of the Institution are, 1st, to increase, and 2d, to diffuse kwledge among men. 5. These two objects should t be confounded with one ather. The first is to enlarge the existing stock of kwledge by the addition of w truths; and the second, to disseminate kwledge, thus increased, among men. C. The will makes restriction in favor of any particular kind of kwledge; hcuce all branches are entitled to a share of attention. 7. Kwledge can by increased by different methods of facilitating and promoting the discovery of w truths; and can be most extensively diffused among men by means of the press. 8. To effect the greatest amount of good, the organization should be such as to enable the Institution to produce results, in the way of increasing and diffusing kwledge, which cant be produced either at all or so efficiently by the existing institutions in our country. 9. The organization should also be such as can be adopted provisionally; can bo easily reduced to practice, receive modifications, or be abandoned, in whole or in part, without a sacrifice of the funds. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.