Mss.B.K132 - Elisha Kent Kane Papers

Valuable real estate. Philadelphia Museum. Peremptory sale
Valuable real estate. Philadelphia Museum. Peremptory sale
Faced with severe financial difficulties, the board of trustees of the Philadelphia Museum (more popularly known as Peale's Museum) was forced to sell the building it had erected in 1838 (see Goodman #73: 973 C683, no. 95). On August 5, 1841, Robert Patterson, acting on behalf of the American Philosophical Society, tendered the winning bid for the structure, the society having decided to sell its Philosophical Hall on Independence Square to the city of Philadelphia and move to the relatively new building which had been constructed for the Philadlephia Museum. Negotiations with the city fell through, however, and the Philadelphia Museum was given a temporary reprieve from its financial obligations, while the American Philosophical Society was forced to remain in its original home., Located in Box #5.
Woolwich, Feb. 24, 1853. Sir, With reference to the letter which you addressed to me on the 12th of February, in respect to Dr. Kane's Arctic Expedition, I must limit the suggestions...to..."magnetic observations."
Woolwich, Feb. 24, 1853. Sir, With reference to the letter which you addressed to me on the 12th of February, in respect to Dr. Kane's Arctic Expedition, I must limit the suggestions...to..."magnetic observations."
Recommends use of Kater's azimuth compass and Fox's apparatus for the inclination and force. Sent to Rear Admiral, Sir Francis Beaufort, K.C.B. For three other documents solicited by the British Admiralty to aid Dr. Kane in his search see Goodman #329-331., Located in Box #5.