Joseph Henry's Letter to Lewis R. Gibbes (April 28, 1838)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, then a professor at Princeton University and later first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Lewis R. Gibbes, a professor of mathematics, astronomy and chemistry at the College of Charleston, April 28, 1838. In the letter, Henry discusses which textbooks he prefers to use for his courses. Henry also mentions a new series of experiments he is working on involving common electricity, and his interesting results concerning "Phenomina of electricity in motion."


  • Gibbes, Lewis R
  • Princeton University


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3 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 4, pages 38-40.

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Reingold, Nathan, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 4, The Princeton Years: January 1838-December 1840 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1981), 38-40

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April 28, 1838

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  • Chemistry
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  • Electricity
  • Letters
  • Secretaries
  • Mathematics
  • Experiments
  • Astronomy
  • Books


  • Document
  • Paper

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SIA2012-2982 and SIA2012-2983 and SIA2012-2984

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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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