GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/13/1932 - HFSID 218182
GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER George Washington Carver sends an autograph letter to an old student. Autograph Letter Signed: "With much love, best wishes and admiration,/G.W. Carver.", 1p, 8½x10¾. Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, 1932 July 13.
Sale Price $1,190.00
GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER
George Washington Carver sends an autograph letter to an old student.
Autograph Letter Signed: "With much love, best wishes and admiration,/G.W. Carver.", 1p, 8½x10¾. Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, 1932 July 13. On letterhead of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute to former Tuskegee student Ford Davis. Begins: "My beloved boy, Mr. Davis:-". In full: "Thank you for your fine letter, I am always so happy to hear from my dear, handsome boy. I too receive a new blessing from you whenever we meet as you show that your thought life is growing daily. Dear, I hope you can come Sunday. I know of nothing now to prevent my being here. Last Sunday I was here but did not have hardly one hour to myself all day, as many visitors came in. Could write much more, but hope to see you soon. Kindest regards to your brother." In 1931, educator and agricultural innovator George Washington Carver (1864-1943), who was 68 years of age when he wrote this letter, had diagnosed plant diseases that were ruining over 20% of the peanut crop and detailed his findings in "Some Peanut Diseases". The USDA recognized Carver as a "gifted naturalist", and, beginning in 1935, he collaborated on its Plant Disease Survey. Carver, who developed over 300 derivative products from peanuts and 118 from sweet potatoes, had joined the staff of Tuskegee in 1896 at the invitation of founder Booker T. Washington. Students who showed particular abilities, such as Davis, were favorites of Carver and he wrote them encouraging letters to further develop their skills. Lightly creased. Folds, light vertical fold touches the "W" of signature. Chipped at blank left edge and lower right edge. Shaded at blank left edge and lower margin, touching signature. Lightly stained at upper right blank margin, 2 file holes at upper blank margin. Overall, fine condition.
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