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Samuel F. B. Morse's Letter to Joseph Henry (October 17, 1846)

Morse, Samuel Finley Breese 1791-1872, Joseph Henry Papers Project
Samuel F. B. Morse's Letter to Joseph Henry (October 17, 1846)
Joseph Henry Papers Project
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October 17, 1846
The accompanying PDF contains SIA2012-0976, SIA2012-0977, and SIA2012-0978, which are pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 6, pages 520-522.
Letter from Samuel F. B. Morse, inventor of the first telegraph, to Joseph Henry, then a professor at Princeton University and later first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, October 17, 1846. In the letter, Morse apologizes for offending Henry by not crediting Henry's work in electromagnetism in aiding him in the invention of his telegraph. Though Morse was credited with having invented the first telegraph, Henry asserted that Dr. Leonard Gale, who advised Morse on his first model of an electromagnetic telegraph, was able to correct imperfections in the model because of his knowledge of Henry's principles.
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Secretaries, Inventions, Telegraph, Models, Publications, Inventors, Electromagnetism, Science, Letters, Controversies
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878, Gale, Leonard D (Leonard Dunnell) 1800-1883, Princeton University
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SIA2012-2899 and SIA2012-2900 and SIA2012-2901 and SIA2012-2902 and SIA2012-2903
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