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The Inscription on Smithson's Monument
The inscription on the front of the tomb reads:
“Sacred to the memory of James Smithson Esquire, Fellow of the Royal Society, London, who died at Genoa the 26th June 1829, aged 75 years*.”
The inscription on the back of the tomb reads:
“This monument is erected and the ground on which it stands is purchased in perpetuity by Henry Hungerford. Esq.**, the deceased’s nephew, in token of gratitude to a generous benefactor and as a tribute to departed worth”
* At the time of his death, Smithson was 64.
** Also known as Henry James Dickenson, Smithson's nephew took the family name "Hungerford" at his uncle's request.
Smithson's Crypt in the Smithsonian Building, 2003