Mahlon Dickerson's Letter to Joseph Henry (December 15, 1836)

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Summary

Letter from Mahlon Dickerson, Secretary of the Navy, to Joseph Henry, then a professor at Princeton University and later first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, December 15, 1836. In the letter, Dickerson acknowledges Henry's work in the field of magnetism, and asks him to provide some topics of inquiry for the United States Navy's South Sea Exploring expedition to consider in order to further promote the research and work on the subject of magnetism.

Subject

  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Princeton University
  • United States. Secretary of the Navy
  • Joseph Henry Papers Project

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

1 page scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 3, page 131.

Contained within

Reingold, Nathan, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 3, The Princeton Years: January 1836-December 1837 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1979), 131

Contact information

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

Date

December 15, 1836

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Topic

  • Letters
  • Secretaries
  • Explorations and Expeditions
  • Magnetism
  • Research

Form/Genre

  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2012-2693

Physical description

Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and White ; Size:6 3/4w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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