Joseph Henry's Letter to Edward Deering Mansfield (May 16, 1861)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Edward Deering Mansfield, an editor and writer from Cincinnati, Ohio, May 16, 1861. In the letter, Henry discusses the specifics of publication of a work written by Mansfield. The letter also touches upon topics related to the US Civil War then underway. He mentions the sharing of statistics of soldiers stationed in Washington, DC, and a relative of Edward's, General Mansfield. Henry also mentions General Totten and his deteriorating health, but high spirits.


Totten, Joseph Gilbert 1788-1864


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3 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 10, pages 210-212 (Document 133).

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Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 10, The Smithsonian Years: January 1858-December 1865 (Smithsonian Institution in association with Science History Publications/USA, 2004), 210-212

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  • May 16, 1861
  • Civil War, 1861-1865

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SIA2012-2633 and SIA2012-2634 and SIA2012-2635

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Number of Images: 3 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 6 3/4w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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