GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/02/1933 - HFSID 217903
Sale Price $1,190.00
GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER
George Washington Carver sends an autograph letter to a former student describing his recent trip.
Autograph Letter Signed: "G.W. Carver", 1p, 8½x11. Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, 1933 November 2.Begins: "My very own dear boy, Mr. Davis". In full: "Have just returned from such a marvelous trip. I thought of you all the time. Yes, dear, you are right the fungus belongs to group in which you have placed it. You will find some fine relatives on several wild grasses on the leaves, Look for little black specks: they are mature now. Look on the broom sedge. I do not quite understand just what Prof. Saman has in mind, he plans to come down in Dec. had two letters from him today. Rest assured, anything that will throw us together I will consider it. I haven't given up any means. I collected some fine fungi on this trip. Admiringly yours," A year earlier, Carver had diagnosed plant diseases that were ruining over 20% of the peanut crop, detailing his findings in "Some Peanut Diseases". The USDA recognized him as a "gifted naturalist" with a talent for knowing the habitat of various fungi, and he collaborated on its Plant Disease Survey beginning in 1935. 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. Letters mentioning his scientific work, such as this one, are extremely desirable. Vertical fold through "W" in signature. Lightly creased, file holes at top, light stains, not affecting text. Overall, fine condition.
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