Joseph Henry's Letter to Asa Gray (January 18, 1849)

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Summary

Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Asa Gray, a Havard University botanist, January 18, 1849. In the letter, Henry informs Gray that he has not yet secured him a position on a government boundary expedition. Henry states, "you have no idea of the difficulty of transacting business [in Washington, D.C.]."

Subject

Gray, Asa 1810-1888

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

2 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 7, pages 455-456 (Document 253).

Contained within

Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 7, The Smithsonian Years: January 1847-December 1849 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1996), 455-456

Contact information

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

Date

January 18, 1849

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Topic

  • Scientific expeditions
  • Secretaries
  • Letters
  • Botany
  • Expeditions
  • Botanists

Place

Washington (D.C.)

Form/Genre

  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2012-0435 and SIA2012-0436

Physical description

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

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