Joseph Henry's Letter to Edward Sabine (May 12, 1853)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Edward Sabine, an Irish astronomer, geophysicist, ornithologist and explorer, May 12, 1853. In the letter, Henry sends payment for magnetic instruments procured by Sabine for the Smithsonian, and asks Sabine to send additional magnetic instruments for use in an expedition to the Washington Territory, which would later become the states of Oregon and Washington.


Sabine, Edward Sir 1788-1883


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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 441-443 (Document 270).

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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), 441-443

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May 12, 1853

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SIA2012-0424 and SIA2012-0425 and SIA2012-0426

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