Lewis R. Gibbes's Letter to Joseph Henry (March 1, 1845)

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Letter from Lewis R. Gibbes, a professor of mathematics, astronomy and chemistry at the College of Charleston, to Joseph Henry, then a professor at Princeton University and later first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, March 1, 1845. In the letter, Gibbes asks Henry's opinion on a number of scientific textbooks, and also comments on one of Henry's syllabi.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Princeton University


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The accompanying PDF contains SIA2012-3218, SIA2012-3219, SIA2012-3220, SIA2012-3221, SIA2012-3222, SIA2012-3223, SIA2012-3224, SIA2012-3225, and SIA2012-3226, which are pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 6, pages 236-244.

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  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7001, Box 8, Folder: 14 - January-March 1845
  • Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 6, The Princeton Years: January 1844-December 1846 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1992), 236-244

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March 1, 1845

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  • Chemistry
  • Books and reading
  • Letters
  • Mathematics
  • Astronomy
  • Books


  • Document
  • Paper

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SIA2012-2856 and SIA2012-2857 and SIA2012-2858 and SIA2012-2859

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Number of Images: 4 ; Color: Color ; Size: 8w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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