Careful Consideration: the Nugget Remains at the Smithsonian


In this response, Secretary Walcott explains to Senator Shortridge that the nugget is the property of the federal government. Therefore, the request of the Pioneer Society to return the nugget to California.


Letter from C.D. Walcott to Samuel W. Shortridge (February 1925), Gold Nugget (Accession No. CL*135(1861).01), Office of the Registrar, National Museum of American History.