Joseph Henry and Alexander Dallas Bache's Letter to John Pendleton Kennedy (December 1, 1852)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, and Alexander Dallas Bache, a physicist, superintendent of the United States Coast Survey, and Smithsonian Institution Regent, to John Pendleton Kennedy, United States Secretary of the Navy, December 1, 1852. In the letter, Henry and Bache suggest to Pendleton that scientific work should be conducted during an expedition to Greenland.


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  • United States. Secretary of the Navy
  • United States Coast Survey


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3 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 8, pages 408-410 (Document 249).

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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), 408-410

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December 1, 1852

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SIA2012-0419 and SIA2012-0420 and SIA2012-0421

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Number of Images: 3 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 7w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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