Joseph Henry's Letter to John Tyndall (January 7, 1873)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to John Tyndall, a physicist. In the letter, Henry suggests to Tyndall the best way to expend his money for the advancement of science, in response to Tyndall's inquiry on the subject. Henry suggests that Tyndall invest an amount to create a fund that would supply assistance to physics students.


Tyndall, John 1820-1893


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3 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 11, pages 435-437 (Document 204).

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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), 435-437

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


January 7, 1873

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  • Money
  • Students
  • Investments
  • Letters
  • Secretaries
  • Science
  • Physicists
  • Funds


  • Document
  • Paper

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SIA2012-3120 and SIA2012-3121 and SIA2012-3122

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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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