Joseph Henry's Letter to Harriet Henry (August 1, 1837)

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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, August 1, 1837. Henry writes from England, and describes his experiences there and in Paris meeting with eminent European scientists, notably Michael Farraday, and observations of early balloon ascents.


  • Henry, Harriet A. 1808-1882
  • Faraday, Michael 1791-1867
  • Princeton University


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The accompanying PDF contains SIA2012-0894, SIA2012-0895, SIA2012-0896, SIA2012-0897, SIA2012-0898, and SIA2012-0899, which are pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 3, pages 427-432.

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  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7001, Box 57, Folder: 6 - July-December 1837
  • Reingold, Nathan, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 3, The Princeton Years: January 1836-December 1837 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1979), 427-432

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


August 1, 1837

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  • International cooperation
  • Balloons (Aircraft)
  • Meetings
  • Secretaries
  • Letters
  • Science
  • Scientists
  • History
  • England
  • Science--International cooperation
  • Science--History
  • Ballooning


  • Paris (France)
  • Europe
  • England


  • Document
  • Paper

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SIA2012-2817 and SIA2012-2818 and SIA2012-2819 and SIA2012-2820 and SIA2012-2821 and SIA2012-2822

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Number of Images: 6 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 7w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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