Secretary of the Nebraska Territory (1858-61); secretary of agriculture (1893-97); originator of Arbor Day (1872). In 1894 a motion was made to set aside one million dollars to help farmers in eradicating the Russian thistle -- a proposal so ludicrous it outraged many. A flurry of newspaper articles across the country then reported a humorous exchange of letters between a Dayton, Iowa "farmer" who nominated himself for the position of chief thistle exterminator for that state and the tongue-in-cheek replies of the then-Agriculture Secretary. Offered here are three of the several letters from Morton that were the subject of these articles; the letters from the "farmer," one Edward Peterson of Dayton, Iowa, that occasioned these replies do not survive. First is a TLS, 2pp, 8" X 10", Washington, DC, 1894 April 3. Addressed to Edward Peterson. Near fine. On "Department of Agriculture" letterhead, Morton replies, in part: "I am. glad to see that you thoroughly appreciate my sympathetic efforts in behalf of the 'infant industry' of thistle destroying by Government appropriations. The Hansbrough Bill will never be perfect, until paternalism has so amended it as to have the Government not only weed, but plow, cultivate, and garner all crops for the people of the United States. The circulation of pint, quart, and gallon packages of the Kentucky antidote for snake bites, gratuitously, under Government franks, through the mails, ought to begin as soon as serpents open up for summer business. There is no crop so dangerous to mankind (as Adam's experience in the Garden of Eden shows us) as a snake crop." Second is a TLS, 2pp, dated 1894 April 21. Reads in part: ".we so thoroughly agree as to the humbuggery of the government attempting to do all kinds of business for all kinds of people, and to help everybody get rich out of every other body. It will interest you to know that I have received from Lakeview, Lake Co., Oregon, under date of April 7, 1894, a communication signed by Mr. Thos. C. Little, requesting that the U.S. Department of Agriculture send him some Russian Thistle seed for sowing upon 'eaten out ranges of Oregon.' He says: 'Our trouble is to get a plant that will grow on the dry land and in our dry climate. If the Russian Thistle will stand our soil and climate, it will be a God-send to stockmen.' Possibly you can work up a letter, addressed to the Department, asking. that an experimental Russian Thistle farm be established, and that you be appointed to conduct it at a liberal salary. We had sorghum cane farms, sugar-beet farms, and grass farms, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture ran at large expense, until they were abolished by the present administration; and all of the people were taxed to support them, while a few of the people only could be benefited by the experiments which they carried on. Why, then, should we not the few men who want Russian Thistle to grow on the arid lands of worn-out ranges in Oregon, be furnished by the Government with Russian Thistle seed from an experimental Russian Thistle farm. Be kind enough to take this matter up in your own inimitable way, and write, seriously, for the establishment of a Russian Thistle Farm -- having given up the idea of being appointed Chief Mogul of the thistle extermination." And third is a TLS, 1p, dated 1894 May 12. Reads in part: "The readiness with which you foresee the changes thus foreshadowed in the probable attitude of the Government toward the Russian thistle and adjust your application to suit the altered circumstances is worthy of all admiration. I have allowed your letter to find its way into the hands of a few newspaper correspondents as I think its publication ought surely to open the eyes of that surprisingly large number of American journalists who failed to see the point of your first letter. Your last letter cannot, I think, fail to indicate to the most opaque mind the fact that no one appreciates more thoroughly than yourself the absurdities whic. Bookseller Inventory #
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Book Description telling him about his Lawrence publications and arranging to view his collection. Bookseller Inventory # RGW13581
Book Description No Binding. Book Condition: Very Good. 1). October 19, 1929. 2). October 29, 1929 (short tear at bottom). 3). March 18, 1930 - "you are indeed loyal". The letters relate to Pierson's membership and request to sell two "Club Coupons". Pierson had moved from the Burbank area to Delpiedra - and wanted a non-resident membership. 3 separate items. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 307035
Book Description Toronto. 1910., 1910. 28cm, 23pp., letters &3 on author's letter-head, signed, fine. (n12) Z.A. Lash (1846-1920) iswriting as Chairman of the Special Committee, University of Toronto,regarding the Ontario Medical Act amendments. The University takes strongobjection to the powers of the Medical Council of Ontario and itsencroachment on the rights of the university in a broad sweep of matters including representatives on the Council, medical curriculumdetermination, fees and examinations. The legislation is "harmful andhumiliating". Book. Bookseller Inventory # 33440
Book Description No Binding. Book Condition: Very Good. December 4, 1929, December 18, 1929 and March 7, 1930. All on Collier's The National Weekly, New York letterhead. 8 1/2" x 11" and 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". Very good (minor signs of handling). To Jesse Lasky, Esq. Famous Players Lasky Corp. Paramount Building Broadway & 43rd Street New York City Interesting correspondence regarding a proposed feature article on Jesse Lasky written by staff writer Walter Davenport*. Lasky was apparently unhappy with the biography. Chenery (b. 1884), born June 26, 1884, Caroline County, Virginia; editor on several newspapers and magazines, including Colliers (1925-31). *Davenport, author, staff writer and later editor Collier's (1946). Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 605783