Joseph Henry's Letter to James Hall (January 2, 1863)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to James Hall, a geologist and paleontologist, January 2, 1863. In the letter, Henry thanks Hall for sending a letter of condolence following the death of Henry's son and eldest child, William Henry, on October 17, 1862.


  • Henry, William
  • Hall, James 1811-1898


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2 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 10, pages 292-293 (Document 165).

Contained within

Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 10, The Smithsonian Years: January 1858-December 1865 (Smithsonian Institution in association with Science History Publications/USA, 2004), 292-293

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


January 2, 1863

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  • Geologists
  • Paleontologists
  • Secretaries
  • Letters
  • Death


  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2012-0023 and SIA2012-0024

Physical description

Number of Images: 2 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 7w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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