John Torrey's Letter to Joseph Henry (June 20, 1850)

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Letter from John Torrey, a botanist, to Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, June 20, 1850. In the letter, Torrey discusses the Smithsonian Institution's meteorological project and the newly appropriated United States Botanic Garden.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • United States Botanic Garden
  • Meteorological Project


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The accompanying PDF contains SIA2012-0427, SIA2012-0428, and SIA2012-0429, which are pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 8, pages 62-64 (Document 38).

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  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7001, Box 10, Folder: 6 - June 1850
  • Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 8, The Smithsonian Years: January 1850-December 1853 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1998), 62-64

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


June 20, 1850

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  • Secretaries
  • Letters
  • Botany
  • Botanists


  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2012-2919 and SIA2012-2920 and SIA2012-2021

Physical description

Number of Images: 3 ; Color: Color ; Size: 5w x 8h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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