BENJAMIN PEIRCE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/17/1870 - HFSID 33811
Sale Price $252.00
As Superintendent of the US Coast Survey, he signs an autograph 1870 letter to Vermont Senator George Edmunds about a survey of Lake Champlain and a projected ship canal.
ALS: "Benjamin Peirce", 1½ pages, 5x8 (front and verso). Coast Survey Office, 1870 August 17. To U.S. Senator George F. Edmunds. In full: "I am greatly delighted at the provision for the survey of Lake Champlain. I shall send parties into the field at once and I assure you that there shall be no delay in the execution of this work and that I fully appreciate its importance. I shall be greatly disappointed if I am not able before the conclusion [?] of the session put you in possession of valuable information in relative to the projected ship canal. Very faithfully, your obedient servant". Benjamin Peirce (1809-1880), Harvard professor of mathematics and astronomy from 1833-1880, was Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Survey from 1867-1874. He was renowned for his accurate computation of the general perturbations of Uranus and Neptune and for his researches on the rings of Saturn. He also made important discoveries in mathematics. When Senator George Edmunds of Vermont successfully authored legislation entrusting a survey of Lake Champlain to Peirce's US Coast Survey, he unwittingly ignited a feud between Peirce and the Army Corps of Engineers, which claimed exclusive authority to map inland waterways. Peirce, however, refused to back down, and his survey went forward. Pencil notes (unknown hand) at upper left of front side. Light ink show-through. Horizontal fold creases. Left edge ragged. Otherwise, fine condition.
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