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Secretary Joseph Henry sends out a circular requesting everyone who receives a copy of the accompanying map to mark the path of any meteors observed from the 10th to the 15th of November, particularly on the nights of the 12th and 13th. Replies are to be sent free of postage costs through the Commissioner of Agriculture.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • United States Dept. of Agriculture


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 65, p. Box 1, 468.

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October 31, 1866


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