Joseph Henry's Letter to Harriet Henry (October 30, 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, October 30, 1837. Henry writes from a steamboat transporting him from New York City to Albany, NY. He describes his journey back to the United States from England following his scientific meetings in Europe.


  • Henry, Harriet A. 1808-1882
  • Princeton University


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2 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 3, pages 514-515.

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Reingold, Nathan, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 3, The Princeton Years: January 1836-December 1837 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1979), 514-515

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October 30, 1837

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  • Steamboat
  • Voyages and travels
  • Meetings
  • Secretaries
  • Letters
  • Science


  • Albany (N.Y.)
  • United States
  • Europe
  • New York (N.Y.)


  • Document
  • Paper

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SIA2012-0900 and SIA2012-0901

Physical description

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

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