Letter from Joseph Henry to Alexander Bache (August 9-10, 1838)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, then a professor at Princeton University and later first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Alexander Dallas Bache, a physicist and later Smithsonian Institution Regent, August 9, 1838. In the letter, Henry discusses his recent trip to Europe, and the need for raising standards for scientific study in the United States.


  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • Regents Smithsonian Institution


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  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7053, Box 3, Folder: 8
  • Reingold, Nathan, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 4, The Princeton Years: January 1838-December 1840 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1981), 95-106

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August 9-10, 1838

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