Joseph Henry's Letter to William Leslie Harris (August 1846)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, then a professor at Princeton University and later first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to William Leslie Harris, a former student of Henry's, August 1846. In the letter, Henry writes about Harris' future, and the options he has in order to find a profession. Henry suggests that he pursue law.


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  • The accompanying PDF contains SIA2012-3402, SIA2012-3403, and SIA2012-3404, which are pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 6, pages 489-491.
  • This document is a typed copy of the original made by Mary Henry.

Contained within

  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7001, Box 8, Folder: 21 - July - September 1846
  • 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), 651-652

Contact information

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


August 1846

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  • Law
  • Students
  • Letters
  • Secretaries
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  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2012-3619 and SIA2012-3620 and SIA2012-3621 and SIA2012-3622

Physical description

Number of Images: 4; Color: Color; Size: 7 3/4w x 10 3/8h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper

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