Joseph Henry's Letter to Felix Flugel (August 12, 1865)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Felix Flugel, a German exchange agent for the Smithsonian Institution, August 12, 1865. In the letter, Henry requests that Flugel send some publications to the Smithsonian. Henry also describes the debate in Congress about appropriating funds to repair the Smithsonian Institution Building, or "Castle," following the fire of January 24, 1865.


  • United States Congress
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


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The accompanying PDF contains SIA2012-2662 and SIA2012-2663, which are pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 10, pages 530-531 (Document 292).

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  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7001, Box 4, Folder: 1
  • Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 10, The Smithsonian Years: January 1858-December 1865 (Smithsonian Institution in association with Science History Publications/USA, 2004), 530-531

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


August 12, 1865

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  • Fire of 1865
  • Publications
  • Letters
  • Secretaries
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Exchanges, Literary and scientific
  • Funds




  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2012-6792 and SIA2012-6793

Physical description

Number of Images: 2 ; Color: Color ; Size: 10.00w x 7.52h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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