LUTHER BURBANK - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/01/1916 - HFSID 253002
LUTHER BURBANK Luther Burbank sends a typed letter of thanks for the fruit. Typed Letter Signed: "Luther Burbank", 2p, separate sheets, 8½x7. Santa Rosa, California, 1916 December 1. To Isaac J. Frazee, Los Angeles, California.
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Luther Burbank sends a typed letter of thanks for the fruit.
Typed Letter Signed: "Luther Burbank", 2p, separate sheets, 8½x7. Santa Rosa, California, 1916 December 1. To Isaac J. Frazee, Los Angeles, California. In full: "Your very welcome letter of November 15th and the South American fruit received. The fruit is evidently one of the solanums, probably the so-called 'tree tomato'. I thank you for the privilege of seeing this fruit as it is not hardy in this part of the State. I shall plant the seeds. Your gifted daughter, Helen, send (sic) me a fruit of a cactus several years ago and I have some magnificent plants from it at the present time with big white blossoms and have classified it as Cereus Pitajaya from Peru. I am glad that you are living in Los Angles for Helen's sake especially, as it must be much pleasanter for her and for her sisters who are attending school. You could not be more disappointed that I was in not being able to go to the Pageant. No one could have enjoyed it more than myself. Perhaps you know that I have had to re-organize my business throughout and take it all back onto my own hands, which I did not care to do, but found it necessary and I assure you that I have never been so busy in all my life before. If I should come South, you may rest assured that I will do my best to see you all. Miss Helen will perhaps take part of this letter to herself, as I have scores of relative and friendly letters on my desk unanswered for months. With most hearty kind regards to yourself, Helen, and the rest of your family, I remain Always, Faithfully yours, P.S. Will mail you some catalogues in a few days." American botanist and horticulturist Luther Burbank (1849-1926), a pioneer in agricultural science, developed the Burbank potato from 1872-1874 and used the proceeds to move to Santa Rosa, California, where he established a greenhouse, nursery and experimental fields. His Burbank potato, which was introduced in Ireland to help combat the blight epidemic, later became the Russet Burbank potato, which became the most cultivated potato in the U.S. and is today exclusively used for McDonald's French fries. Over his 55-year career, Burbank developed over 800 strains and varieties of plants, fruits and vegetables, including plums, berries, tomatoes, corn, squash, lilies, roses, the Shasta daisy and the Fire poppy. Burbank's eight-volume work, How Plants Are Trained to Work for Man, one of his many writings, was published in 1921. Foxed. Lightly creased and soiled. Folds. Vertical folds are worn, the fold on right is stained on verso and stain shows through to text, touching the "r" and "b" in signature.
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