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LOUIS AGASSIZ - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 05/28/1873 - HFSID 27615

 

LOUIS AGASSIZ
Louis Agassiz signs a manuscript letter of apology.
Manuscript Letter Signed: "L Agassiz', 1p, 5x8. Cambridge, Mass., 1873 May 28. On letterhead of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. Begins: "My dear Sir". Agassiz has written: "C.W. Galloupe, Esq." at lower left. In full: "I am very sorry that you should have been troubled by the item enclosed in your note. It is entirely the work of some person's imagination. I had never thought of the name and the only change which gratitude to you could possibly suggest is the one of which I spoke, namely to give her your name." Born in French-speaking Switzerland and educated at European universities, Agassiz (1807-1873) accepted a Professorship at Harvard (1848) and spent the rest of his life promoting American science. He made highly influential studies of fossil fish and glaciers, coining the term "Ice Age" to describe an ancient era of extensive glaciation. Although his fossil studies were used by others to support Darwin's Theory of Evolution, Agassiz never accepted that doctrine. He espoused catastrophism, believing that new species emerged after such upheavals, and defined a species as "a thought of God". Lightly creased. Folds, vertical fold at the "iz" of signature. Tack head-size burn mark touches 2 letters of writing, light rust stains at upper margin. Lightly soiled at lower margin and on verso of integral leaf. Overall, fine condition.


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LOUIS AGASSIZ
Born: May 28, 1807
Died: December 12, 1873



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