Joseph Henry's Letter to Asa Gray (May 29, 1870)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Asa Gray, a Harvard University botanist, May 29, 1870. In the letter, Henry discusses his upcoming trip to Europe. He states that the Smithsonian Institution has never before been held in such high regard by the United States government. Henry concludes by discussing the forestry report being completed by Gray.


  • Gray, Asa 1810-1888
  • Joseph Henry Papers Project
  • Harvard University


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5 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 11, pages 297-301 (Document 146).

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Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 11, The Smithsonian Years: January 1866-May 1878 (Smithsonian Institution in association with Science History Publications/USA, 2007), 297-301

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


May 29, 1870

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  • Voyages and travels
  • Government
  • Letters
  • Secretaries
  • Botany
  • Reports
  • Forests and forestry
  • Politics
  • United States--Politics and government
  • Botanists


  • United States
  • Europe


  • Document
  • Paper

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SIA2012-3105 and SIA2012-3106 and SIA2012-3107 and SIA2012-3108 and SIA2012-3109

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Number of Images: 5 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 6 3/4w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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