Joseph Henry's Letter to Lewis R. Gibbes (May 31, 1845)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, then a professor at Princeton University and later first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Lewis R. Gibbes, a professor of mathematics, astronomy and chemistry at the College of Charleston, May 31, 1845. In the letter, Henry thanks Gibbes for a valuable assessment of his class syllabus. Henry also includes the revised syllabus that he altered according to Gibbes' criticism.


  • Gibbes, Lewis R
  • Princeton University


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5 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 6, pages 280-284.

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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), 280-284

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May 31, 1845

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  • Chemistry
  • Letters
  • Secretaries
  • Mathematics
  • Astronomy


  • Document
  • Paper

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SIA2012-3376 and SIA2012-3377 and SIA2012-3378 and SIA2012-3379 and SIA2012-3380

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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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