Agriculture Stops Free Postage for Observers

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Henry reports that Judge Watts, Commissioner of the Dept. of Agriculture, discontinued the practice of furnishing postage free of charge for reports of Smithsonian meteorological observers and publishing monthly summaries of their observations. This ended a significant source of support for the Institution's meteorological project.


United States Dept. of Agriculture


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1871, p. 105
  • Fleming, James Rodger. Meteorology in America, 1800-1870. Baltimore & London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990., p. 161

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April 3, 1872


  • Finance
  • Interagency Relations
  • Meteorology

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