Joseph Henry's Letter to Benjamin Silliman, Sr. (December 2, 1850)
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Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Benjamin Silliman, Sr., a chemist and professor at Yale University, December 2, 1850. In the letter, Henry discusses the state of the young Smithsonian Institution and his thoughts about how the United States Congress has appropriated Smithson's bequest. Henry details his anger at the amount of money being spent on the construction of the Smithsonian Institution Building, or "Castle," rather than on active operations.
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3 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 8, pages 130-132 (Document 76).
Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 8, The Smithsonian Years: January 1850-December 1853 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1998), 130-132
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
December 2, 1850
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