John Wise Letter to Joseph Henry and James P. Epsy (December 15, 1848)

ID: SIA2012-0437

Creator: Wise, John 1808-1879

Form/Genre: Document

Date: December 15, 1848

Citation: Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 7, The Smithsonian Years: January 1847-December 1849 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1996), 432

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Summary

Letter from John Wise, a balloonist, to Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, and James P. Epsy, meteorologist, December 15, 1848. In the letter, Wise agrees to make meteorological observations during his balloon ascents, as requested by Henry and Epsy. After he was appointed Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Joseph Henry's first major project was to create the Smithsonian Meteorological Project by using a countrywide network of voluntary observers to record climate information and send it to the Smithsonian via the growing telegraph network. The Smithsonian Meteorological Project existed from 1846-1870 and led to the founding of the National Weather Service.

Author

  • Wise, John 1808-1879
  • Joseph Henry Papers Project

Subject

  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Espy, James P (James Pollard) 1785-1860
  • Meteorological Project

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

1 page scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 7, pages 432 (Document 237).

Contained within

Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 7, The Smithsonian Years: January 1847-December 1849 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1996), 432

Contact information

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

Date

December 15, 1848

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Topic

  • Balloons (Aircraft)
  • Secretaries
  • Letters
  • Meteorology
  • Ballooning
  • Meteorologists

Form/Genre

  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2012-0437

Physical description

Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 7w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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