Joseph Henry's Letter to John Tyndall (October 23, 1872)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to John Tyndall, a British physicist, October 23, 1872. In the letter, Henry discusses the success of a recent lecture given by Tyndall in Boston, Massachusetts. He goes on to compliment Tyndall's knowledge, and notifies him of a lecture he is scheduled to give at the Lowell Institute, also in Boston.


Tyndall, John 1820-1893


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2 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 11, pages 425-426 (Document 198).

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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), 425-426

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


October 23, 1872

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  • Lectures and lecturing
  • Letters
  • Secretaries
  • Physicists


  • Great Britain
  • Boston (Mass.)


  • Document
  • Paper

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SIA2012-3113 and SIA2012-3114

Physical description

Number of Images: 2 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 6 3/4w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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