Joseph Henry's Letter to Charles Mason (July 2, 1855)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Charles Mason, United States Commissioner of Patents, July 2, 1855. In the letter, Henry suggests that the Smithsonian and Patent Office cooperate in the meteorological projects that both establishments were undertaking.


  • Mason, Charles 1804-1882
  • United States Patent Office
  • Patent Office
  • Meteorological Project


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2 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 9, pages 256-257 (Document 145).

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Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 9, The Smithsonian Years: January 1854-December 1857 (Smithsonian Institution in association with Science History Publications/USA, 2002), 256-257

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July 2, 1855

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  • Secretaries
  • Letters
  • Interagency Cooperation
  • Intellectual cooperation
  • Meteorology
  • Collaboration


  • Document
  • Paper

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SIA2012-0401 and SIA2012-0402

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

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