GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/14/1931 - HFSID 217379
Sale Price $1,912.50
GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER
George Washington Carver sends an autograph letter of thanks for the help that was given to him.
Autograph Letter Signed: "G.W. Carver" on last page, 3p, 8½x11. Tuskegee, Alabama, 1931 January 14. On letterhead of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute to "My esteemed friend Mr. Porter". In full: "What a splendid letter, how I have enjoyed it. You misjudge me however, I have done such a little for you in comparison with what you have done for me. And indeed what you are seeking and doing for humanity. You put things into my hands, took me to see things, etc., etc., assisted in the examination of our fields, so I only cooperated with you. Don't get the idea Mr. Porter that the stones you brought are poor, in fact you brought a very fine lot, as I got into them I find new beauties. I have just finished cutting two pieces from your place, one of the pale yellow pieces and a piece from the red and yellow. Neither take a polish but I think they are very much prettier in the rough finish. I believe you will be charmed with their beauty, the red and yellow piece is very unique. I want to go to cutting on one of the others tomorrow. These stones are really worthwhile. I have much to tell you when I see you, and the stones to show you also. I believe you will be pleased with them all. Do not venture out in this storm, it is very cold here now. I do not recall that I have had any one who learned how to select nice specemins [sic] as quickly and accurately as you, and when we can get out together and you see how it is done you will have no trouble to pick out pieces for particular places and kinds of work. I speak in Birmingham Sat. but will return right away, so I will be home, am not planning to go out any more for some weeks. I agree you are on the right track with your runners. I am sure you will work it out. It might be well to try a small plot with lime, caco3 another with calcium sulphate, cazox, (gypsum) etc. I shall be glad to render you any help I can. Fine idea to kill two birds with one stone. We will talk it over when we get together. Mr. Richards I am sure cannot help but appreciate the magnificent work you and Mr. Barry have and are yet doing. I would like to see those strange stones to which you refer you no doubt will find the Moss Agate and maybe ribbon agate among them. I am surprised at them being so near Columbus. Very sincerely yours." GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER (1864-1943) joined the staff at Tuskegee in 1896 at the invitation of founder Booker T. Washington. He developed over 300 derivative products from peanuts and 188 from sweet potatoes. GRADY PORTER was a researcher with the Tom Houston Company, a peanut processing plant in Columbus, Georgia that shared Carver's genuine concern for southern farmers. Beginning in mid-1930, Carver began offering his expertise to Porter, who was experimenting with planting Virginia-type peanuts in Georgia, Alabama and Florida. After the experimental crops failed, Carver diagnosed plant diseases that were ruining over 20 percent of the crop. He detailed his findings in "Some Peanut Diseases", which was published by Porter and his fellow researcher BOB BARRY in February 1931. Letters mentioning Carver's scientific work are extremely desirable. Folds, vertical fold at the "a" of Carver. Overall, fine condition.
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