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Language(s): English
Date: August 21, 1857; April 2, 1857; April 17, 1857; April 30, 1857; 1859-1860
Extent: 4 letters; 1 dictionary
Description: Concerning Joseph Henry's efforts to get funding to study Native languages. Only unperishable sciences received aid from the Smithsonian. The government was "fleeced" by Schoolcraft in his study of Indian languages. Suggests joint support for Matthew S. Henry in his study by the Pennsylvania and Maryland Historical Societies, and the Smithsonian and the United States government. Asks if secretary of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania will notify the Maryland Historical Society of plans to aid Matthew S. Henry in his study of Delaware Indian linguistics (money to go through Historical Society of Pennsylvania), then J. Henry Alexander and the Smithsonian might aid too. The completed dictionary, based on various printed authorities (Zeisberger, Heckewelder, etc.). Contains a separate dictionary of Place names organized by states. Maps of Maryland-New Jersey only.
Collection: English-Lenni Lenape and Lenni Lenape-English dictionary (Mss.497.33.H39)