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Articles of the Royal Decree of 5 March, 1847

In view of the considerations the Minister of Commerce, Education and Public Works has brought to my attention, I have seen fit to decree the following:

ARTICLE 1. A Royal Academy of Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences is to be created in Madrid, and I declare that it shall have the same category and privileges as those of the Spanish Academies of History and of San Fernando.

ARTICLE 2.  I declare the present Academy of Natural Sciences of Madrid  to be suspended.

ARTICLE 3.  The Royal Academy of Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences will consist of thirty-six academic fellows, a number which must always be complete, with each vacancy  to be filled in a non-deferrable period of two months.

ARTICLE 4.  For this time only I will nominate half the number of Academic Fellows, specified in the above article, who will convene under the presidency of the one I will see fit to designate, and proceed to elect the eighteen remaining fellows. When the Academy is complete, My Ministry of Commerce, Education and Public Works will  proceed with its installation.

ARTICLE 5.  In the future, the Academy will always elect the individuals who are to complete it.

ARTICLE 6.  The Royal Academy will, as soon as it is instituted, draw up its Statutes, which it will submit to my royal approval.

ARTICLE  7.  They will be included in the budget for Public Instruction, and  the amounts required by the Royal Academy of Sciences in order to carry out its objectives properly must be submitted for parliamentary approval.

Given in the Palace, 25 February, 1847.

Signed by my royal hand

The Minister of Commerce, Education and Public Works, Mariano Roca de Togores

Which I deliver to Your Excellency by order of Her Majesty to be carried out in a suitable fashion. God protect Your Excellency for many years.

Madrid, 5 March 1847

Marquis del Socorro, acting President of the Royal Academy of Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences.