KIRTLEY F. MATHER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 1959 - HFSID 321269
Sale Price $144.00
KIRTLEY F. MATHER
The American Geologist and activist pens a letter to an associate, planning a lunch date in the future.
Autograph Letter signed: "Kirtley F. Mather", 1p, 7¼x10½. Cambridge, Massachusetts, no date. To "Dear Mr. Mumford", In full: "It would indeed be a pleasure to have a chat with you before you have Cambridge in late January. Would you not like to go out to the House of the American Academy and have lunch with me there some day soon? I would be glad to meet you up at 14 Francis Avenue at noon on the appointed day and return you there by 2:30, or at whatever hour you set. That would give me an opportunity to talk together in somewhat secluded and very pleasant environment. And I do not think you have seen the House as yet. If that appeals to you, please pick the most convenient of the following days: Monday, Jan 13, Tuesday 14, Thursday 15, Monday, Jan 20, Tuesday 21. Let me know at your earliest convenience which day is best for you. My home phone is [he lists his phone number]. Cordially yours" Kirtley Fletcher Mather (1888-1978) was an American geologist, activist and humanitarian. A member of the Harvard University Staff, Mather is the author of over a dozen books, including Sons of the Earth (1930), Science in Search of God (1928) and Adult Education: A Dynamic for Democracy (1937). He is famous for his contribution to the Scopes "Monkey Trial" (1925) for which he submitted a disposition on the behalf of the defendant John Scopes (schoolteacher) and famed defense attorney, Clarence Darrow. The trial, which was purposely staged in order to attract nationwide attention to the small town of Dayton, Tennessee, was called in order to prosecute Scopes for teaching evolution in school. While the trial was a setup, Mather's position on the case reflected his liberal activism and pursuit of academic freedom. With a long bloodline in ministry, Mather is a direct descendant from Reverend Richard Mather, and his family is connected to the New England Puritan ministers, Increase and Cotton Mather. Normal mailing folds. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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