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Requests that a benefactor donate to the Museum, not to him personally
Autograph Letter signed: "L Agassiz", 1p, 5x8. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1873 June 27. On letterhead of Museum of Comparative Zoology to "C. W. Galloupe". Docketed on verso. In full: "I forgot to comply with your request concerning the yacht. While I am pleased to hear of your intention to deed them to me personally, I am sure it would add dignity to the art, if the object for which she is presented was referred to in a few words, perhaps by saying 'for the use of the Anderson School School of Natural History/the Museum of Comparatiave Zoology.' It would relieve me from the possible imputation of securing personal gifts under the pretense of public service. Very truly yours". Born in French-speaking Switzerland and educated at European universities, Agassiz (1807-1873) accepted a Professorship at Harvard (1848) and spent the rest of his life promoting American science. He made highly influential studies of fossil fish and glaciers, coining the term "Ice Age" to describe an ancient era of extensive glaciation. Although his fossil studies were used by others to support Darwin's Theory of Evolution, Agassiz never accepted that doctrine. He espoused catastrophism, believing that new species emerged after such upheavals, and defined a species as "a thought of God". Lightly foxed. 1x1-inch paper loss in upper right corner. Paper separation (up to ¾-inch) at top and bottom of vertical folds, the one in lower right repaired with transparent tape, touchinhg "assiz" of signature. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: May 28, 1807
Died: December 12, 1873

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