Joseph Henry's Letter to Harriet Henry (May 4, 1835)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, then a professor at Princeton University and later first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Harriet Henry, his wife, May 4, 1835. Henry writes from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and describes a hot air balloon ascension made by John Wise, an aeronaut, while there.


  • Henry, Harriet A. 1808-1882
  • Wise, John 1808-1879
  • Princeton University


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The accompanying PDF contains SIA2012-0902, SIA2012-0903, SIA2012-0904, and SIA2012-0905, which are pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 2, pages 386-389.

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  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7001, Box 55, Folder: 4 - Joseph Henry Biography Draft (1832 - 1835)
  • Reingold, Nathan, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 2, The Princeton Years: November 1832-December 1835 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1975), 386-389

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


May 4, 1835

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  • Voyages and travels
  • Balloons (Aircraft)
  • Secretaries
  • Letters
  • Aeronautics
  • Ballooning


Philadelphia (Pa.)


  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2012-3626 and SIA2012-3627 and SIA2012-3628 and SIA2012-3629

Physical description

Number of Images: 4 ; Color: Color ; Size: 8w x 12 1/4h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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