A Memorial of Joseph Henry

A Memorial of Joseph Henry

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A Memorial of Joseph Henry

A Memorial of Joseph Henry

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On the death of Joseph Henry, who for the third of a century had administered the operations of the Smithsonian Institution, as its first Secretary and executive officer,--with honor to himself and credit and distinction to the Institution,--the Board of Regents felt that in grateful appreciation of one whose services in the advancement of science, no less than in the promotion of the interests of the General Government, had been so conspicuous and so valuable, some formal and public memorial was pre-eminently fitting. Accordingly, at a meeting of the Regents held on the day following the funeral, the Executive Committee of the Board (consisting of Dr. Parker, Dr. Maclean and General Sherman) were requested to make arrangements for a public commemoration in honor of the late Secretary, "of such a character and at such time as they may determine."

In pursuance of this instruction, the said Committee, through the Hon. Hiester Clymer, a Regent, and a Member of the House of Representatives, presented the subject to the attention of Congress.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

Monday, December 9, 1878.

Mr. CLYMER. (Member from Pennsylvania.) "I ask unanimous consent to submit for adoption at this time a concurrent resolution, to which I think there will be no objection."

The concurrent resolution was read, as follows:

"Resolved by the House of Representatives, (the Senate concurring,) That the Congress of the United States will take part in the services to be observed on Thursday evening, January 16, 1879, in honor of the memory of JOSEPH HENRY, late Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, under the auspices of the Regents thereof, and for that purpose the Senators and Representatives will assemble on that evening in the Hall of the House of Representatives, the Vice- President, supported by the Speaker of the House, to preside on that occasion."

There being no objection, the resolution was adopted.

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