Francis M. Levison's Letter to Joseph Henry (December 29, 1846)

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Letter from Francis M. Levison, a former student of Henry's, to Joseph Henry, then a professor at Princeton University and later first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, December 29, 1846. In the letter, Levison congratulates Henry on his recent appointment as Secretary of the Smithsonian, and praises his intellect, kindness, and work ethic. He thanks Henry for his instruction while attending Princeton, and wishes him well in his new undertaking.


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The accompanying PDF contains SIA2012-3373, SIA2012-3374, and SIA2012-3375, which are pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 6, pages 619-621.

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  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7001, Box 8, Folder: 25 - December 17-31 1846
  • Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 6, The Princeton Years: January 1844-December 1846 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1992), 619-621

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


December 29, 1846

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SIA2012-2909 and SIA2012-2910

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Number of Images: 2; Color: Color; Size: 7 1/4w x 8 3/4h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper

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