Cambridge, MA: Not published, 1874. First Edition. No Binding. Very good+ condition. Item #011708
Two page handwritten letter on Robert Clarke & Co. Cincinnati letterhead, dated May 20, 1874. A difficult to read letter, signed N. S. Shaler. This letter (to an unknown recipient) begins "I am satisfied that your plan for securing an Agassiz Scholarship at Penekese and the Museum of Comparative Zoology (of which Penekese is the summer school) is the only practicable method of doing anything for the memory of Agassiz. I shall therefore...second your efforts by all the means in my...two thousand five hundred dollars (or any larger sum of course)...I am compelled to be away for ten days to come I hope you will ...a paper and have it circulated, As I am trying to do the same thing in Kentucky, acting in the...and shall not be able to give much to the Cincinnati fund however + will do something in memory at the next meeting of the Nat. Hist. Soc. + shall make a talk on the material..." Nathaniel Southgate Shaler was an American paleontologist and geologist who wrote extensively on the theological and scientific implications of the theory of evolution. He studied at Harvard under Louis Agassiz and would go on to become a Harvard lecturer and professor of paleontology for two decades (1869-1888) and as professor of geology for nearly two more (1888-1906). Shaler served for two years during the Civil War as Captain of Artillery (5th Kentucky Battery) in the Federal Army.