HARVEY WILEY - INSCRIBED AUTOGRAPH POEM SIGNED TWICE 03/19/1923 - HFSID 25090
Sale Price $198.00
HARVEY W. WILEY
Poem written by the U.S. chemist and driving force behind the Pure Food and Drugs Act, whose autograph appears once in the text and once at the end of the poem.
Inscribed Autograph Poem signed twice: "Harvey Wiley" in text and "Harvey W. Wiley" at end, 1p, 10x8¾. On sheet depicting colorful flowers at left margin. In full: "Sister Edith to your wishes/Yield I like the clay to Potter./And with such joy as little fishes/Feel when Swimming in fres (sic, fresh) water,/But my! Such entourage classy!/Hereafter I shall feel quite 'Sassy'/To find in this book/Harvey Wiley/Amid such names so formed in story/My own will seem quite out of place,/But Still, perhaps, reflected glory/Will serve to be the Saving Grace." Dated by Wiley beneath signature: "March 19th 1923". American chemist Harvey Washington Wiley (1844-1930) was state chemist of Indiana and Professor of Chemistry at Purdue University (1874-1883) before becoming Chief of the Bureau of Chemistry of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1883. The driving force behind the passage of the 1906 Pure Food and Drugs Act, he actively enforced the law. In 1911, there were allegations that an expert in his department had accepted a higher than legal rate for his services, and Wiley resigned uder pressure in 1912. Wholly exonerated by President William Howard Taft, Wiley then concentrated on pure food and drug issues through his writings, which include some 60 government pamphlets, hundreds of scientific papers and several books. Wiley also edited "Health Readers for Schools" (1919). Encapsulated. Slightly creased at upper right corner. Lightly soiled at lower blank margin, pinhead-size stain beneath signature. Tape strip on verso lightly shows through at blank left margin. Overall, fine condition.
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