Joseph Henry's Letter to William Wilkins (May 3, 1844)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, then a professor at Princeton University and later first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to William Wilkins, United States Secretary of War, May 3, 1844. In the letter, Henry discusses a request he received from the United States War Department to review a new method of explosion.


  • Princeton University
  • United States War Dept
  • United States. Secretary of War


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4 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 6, pages 99-102.

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Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 6, The Princeton Years: January 1844-December 1846 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1992), 99-102

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


May 3, 1844

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SIA2012-3407 and SIA2012-3408 and SIA2012-3409 and SIA2012-3410

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

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