Joseph Henry's Letter to Benjamin Silliman, Sr. (December 10, 1830)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, then a teacher at the Albany Academy and later first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Benjamin Silliman, Sr., a chemist and professor at Yale University, December 10, 1830. In the letter, Henry seeks to have the results of his experiments in electromagnetism published in the "American Journal of Science," of which Silliman was the founder and editor.


  • Silliman, Benjamin 1816-1885
  • Albany Academy
  • Yale University


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2 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 1, pages 301-302.

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Reingold, Nathan, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 1, The Albany Years: December 1797-October 1832 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1972), 301-302

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


December 10, 1830

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  • Publishers and publishing
  • Chemistry
  • Publications
  • Scientific apparatus and instruments
  • Secretaries
  • Editors
  • Letters
  • Science
  • Electromagnets
  • Educators
  • Experiments
  • Electromagnetism
  • Teachers
  • Science--Experiments


United States


  • Document
  • Paper

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SIA2012-0930 and SIA2012-0931

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Number of Images: 3 ; Color: Color ; Size: 7w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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