Joseph Henry's Letter to Asa Gray (November 6-11, 1852)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Asa Gray, a botanist, November 6-11, 1852. In the letter, Henry discusses Gray's writings published by the Smithsonian, books Gray offered to donate to the Smithsonian, and other Institution matters.


Gray, Asa 1810-1888


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6 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 8, pages 399-404 (Document 244).

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Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 8, The Smithsonian Years: January 1850-December 1853 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1998), 399-404

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


November 6-11, 1852

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SIA2012-0413 and SIA2012-0414 and SIA2012-0415 and SIA2012-0416 and SIA2012-0417 and SIA2012-0418

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Number of Images: 6 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 7w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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