GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/24/1932 - HFSID 217902
Sale Price $1,190.00
GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER
George Washington Carver sends a scientific autograph letter.
Scientific Autograph Letter Signed: "G.W. Carver.", 1¾p, 8½x11, front and verso. Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, 1932 August 24. On stationery of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute to Mr. [Ford] Davis, a former student. Begins: "My dear own precious boy, Mr. Davis:-". In part: "Your delightful letter has Just reached me and of course and so happy over it. Dear, you can see my copy of the Peanut Journal when you come. To be sure my dear, handsome boy is puzzled in the naming of your specimens of fungi mycology is a never ending subject with o (sic) so many, many variations, very similar to human diseases. You have the correct idea, put your specimens in envelopes and bring them over, also a blank book, unruled for drawings. Dear, you are doing beautifully, we will straighten it all out when you come and give you directions for going on. Bring the poplar leaf also. Dear, the description of the fungus is good. We shall pay special attention to that skin irritation also when you come over. I believe we can stop it from spreading right away. It seems like ages since I saw my precious boy...Dear, do not use your microscope too much at night for fear it strains your eyes. With so much love and good wishes for my ideal boy...." A year earlier, Carver 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 developed over 300 derivative products from peanuts and 118 from sweet potatoes. He 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.Letters mentioning his scientific work, such as this one, are extremely desirable. Folds, vertical fold touches "e" in "Carver". Two file holes in upper margin touch two words of text on verso. Blank top edge lightly chipped at left. Overall, fine condition.
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