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(1864 - 1943) Black-American botanist and the son of slaves, Carver worked his way through school to become a leader in agricultural research and found hundreds of products made possible by the cultivation of peanuts and sweet potatoes. Two A.L.S.s, the first 4pp. 4to.,. Tuskegee, Oct. 17, 1931, on his Tuskegee Institute letterhead to Ford Hartwick, a young scientist who Carver befriended. He writes in his typically affectionate tone: "...My Great Spiritual Boy, Your glorious letter has just reached me. How wonderful the message, so full of the real spirit....I too dear seem to have such great spiritual visions...The thing I believe that makes me the happiest of all is that you, the pioneer is now beginning to see more clearly what God meant when He chose you as a trail blazer...How I wish we could have a little season of prayer in the 'den', again...O how I wish the whole world knew the secret of true happiness...", and more. Along with a second A.L.S. 2pp. 4to., Tuskegee, Nov. 29, 1931, again on his letterhead to Hardwick. In part: "...How I wish you knew just what your visit has and is meaning to me. Marvelous, I cannot explain it myself, I have faced every trying problem in such a triumphant way ever since you were here. Dear, the main reason for this feeling of triumph is the fact that you never have left me..." and more. Light wear and toning, very good. Two pieces.

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