Joseph Henry's Letter to Benjamin Peirce (February 25, 1867)

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Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Benjamin Peirce, a mathematician and professor at Harvard University, February 25, 1867. In the letter, Henry alerts Peirce that the Secretary of the Treasury will nominate him to be the Director of the United States Coastal Survey. Henry urges Peirce to accept the position, and to help keep the Coastal Survey in the realm of science and not in politics.


  • Peirce, Benjamin
  • Harvard University
  • United States. Secretary of the Treasury


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The accompanying PDF contains SIA2012-3046, SIA2012-3047, and SIA2012-3048, which are pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 11, pages 115-117 (Document 54).

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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 11, The Smithsonian Years: January 1866-May 1878 (Smithsonian Institution in association with Science History Publications/USA, 2007), 115-117

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February 25, 1867

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  • Political science
  • Secretaries
  • Letters
  • Science


  • Document
  • Paper

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SIA2012-6796 and SIA2012-6797

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Number of Images: 2; Color: Color ; Size: 10.00w x 7.58h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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