GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/03/1933 - HFSID 217856
Sale Price $1,190.00
GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVERGeorge Washington Carver sends an autograph letter to a former student. Autograph Letter Signed: "G.W. Carver", 1¾p, 8½x11. Tuskegee, Alabama, 1933 August 3. On letterhead of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute to former student "My beloved boy, Mr. Davis". In full: "Well I dreamed again last night that I had my dear, handsome boy 'Ford' with me. I presume it was because my thoughts have been on you in a very direct way since last Fri. night when I received a letter from Hon. H. A. Wallace, Secy. of Agr. to the effect that he plans to reach Tuskegee Sat. night next, (Aug. 5th) between the hours of 5 & 6 P.M. We hope to have him speak at about 7 or 7:30 depending upon the time he reaches here. The Secy's father was my instructor in dairying when I was in College at Ames, Ia. The Secy. will remain over night here. I am sure you know that that my choice would be to have my dear boy 'Ford' right with me all the time until the Hon. Secy. leaves Sun. morning, but our time is coming. I hope not too far away. I trust you and your people can come over and hear him. Study hard my dear boy, get acquainted with anything and everything, better days for our work is (sic) coming. I mean the Creative mind. I want my dear, handsome boy 'Ford' to come in close touch with as many great characters as possible. Yours with so much love and admiration." GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER, who had graduated from Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts (now Iowa State University) in 1894, had joined the staff of Tuskegee at the invitation of founder Booker T. Washington in 1896. During his 47 years there as a teacher, lecturer and researcher, Carver developed hundreds of products from sweet potatoes, soybeans and peanuts. In 1931, two years before Wallace's visit, the U.S. Department of Agriculture had recognized Carver as a "gifted naturalist" after he had diagnosed plant diseases that had ruined over 20 percent of the peanut crop. At the time of this letter, the aging scientist was seeking a cure for polio, personally giving message therapy with peanut oil, which helped some victims. In November 1933, two months after Wallace's visit, an overanxious media labeled his methods a cure, causing a national uproar. HENRY AGARD WALLACE, who, like Carver, had graduated from Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts, was Secretary of Agriculture under Franklin D. Roosevelt, a victim of poliomyelitis, from 1933-1940. He had joined his father HENRY CANTWELL WALLACE, and his grandfather on the staff of "Wallace's Farmer" in 1910, serving as Editor from 1924-1929 before becoming Editor of "Iowa Homestead and Wallace's Farmer" from 1929-1933. During that time, Wallace researched corn yields and developed a high-yield hybrid corn for feeding pigs. Carver wrote encouraging letters to students, such as Davis, who showed particular abilities. This letter mentioning his early education in Iowa and the visit from the Secretary of Agriculture is extremely desirable. Folds, vertical fold touches the "C" in Carver. Light show through of writing on verso. 2 file holes at upper margin nick 2 words on verso. Overall, fine condition.
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