Letter from Joseph Henry to George Marsh

Letter from Joseph Henry to George Marsh
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August 1, 1849

Smithsonian Institution Secretary Joseph Henry writes to George P. Marsh, requesting favors before Marsh travels to the Ottoman Empire. One wish is that Marsh will write a letter "in favor of our friend Prof. [Spencer Fullerton] Baird [Class of 1840] as a suitable person should one be required to fill the post of naturalist to the Institution." Baird joined the Smithsonian a few months later, becoming its first curator and enacting its function as a museum.

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Gift of Yale Asbell