Joseph Henry's Letter to Benjamin Silliman, Sr. (January 15, 1831)

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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, January 15, 1831. In the letter, Henry thanks Silliman for consenting to print his article on the results of his experiments in electromagnetism in the "American Journal of Science," of which Silliman was the founder and editor. Henry also informs Silliman of the progress being made in Henry's construction of a large electromagnet for Silliman to demonstrate to his students at Yale.


  • 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 319-320.

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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), 319-320

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January 15, 1831

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SIA2012-0934 and SIA2012-0935

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