Joseph Henry's Letter to Benjamin Peirce (November 25, 1843)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, then a professor at Princeton University and later first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Benjamin Peirce, a mathematician and professor at Harvard University, November 25, 1843. In the letter, Henry discusses his sadness that Peirce was unable to visit him at Princeton, New Jersey. He informs Pierce that he is conducting a new series of experiments on induction and recreating experiments on radiant heat. He asks Peirce whether he will attend the National Institute for the Promotion of Science's "Scientific Convention" in Washington, DC, and then states that he does not like the plan of uniting science and party politics.


  • Peirce, Benjamin
  • Princeton University
  • Harvard University
  • National Institute for the Promotion of Science


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1 page scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 5, pages 461.

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Reingold, Nathan, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 5, The Princeton Years: January 1841-December 1843 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1985), 461

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November 25, 1843

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