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  1. Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882.
    [Manuscript] Chapter VIII "Hybridity" [from] Origin of the Species [c.1859] / [Charles Darwin].
    This is a manuscript of the first page of Darwin's Chapter VIII on Hybridity from the first edition of Origin of the Species (1859). See also the accompanying printed version identifying the changes Darwin made to the original text. A letter from his daughter and a letter from the seller accompany the manuscript leaf. Naturalist Charles Darwin's speculations about evolution and natural selection in his Origin of the Species (1859) and The Descent of Man (1871) were published and widely discussed during his lifetime.
  2. Dewey, John, 1859-1952.
    [Letter] 1929 November 7 [to] C.R. Richards, Bethlehem, Pa. / John Dewey.
    Dewey thanks Mr. Richards and his colleagues at Lehigh for their good wishes on the occasion of his seventieth birthday. He regrets that he cannot express his thanks in person, but states that he is "honored and touched" by these expressions of goodwill.
  3. Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886.
    [Poem] [c. 1863 May] / [Emily Dickinson].
    According to the theory advanced by Thomas Johnson, an editor of Dickinson's work, in his letter to Lehigh's librarian, the poem may commemorate the death of Mrs. Norcross and may have been composed in May of 1863. Though she rarely ventured far from her home in Amherst, Massachusetts, Dickinson's poetry has traveled far. She began to be preoccupied with poetry in 1861, and though only two of her poems were published during her lifetime (and not by her own initiation), the poems discovered after her death filled three volumes published in 1890, 1891, and 1896 with a fourth appearing in 1914 and a fifth in 1929.
  4. Downey, Fairfax Davis, 1893-1990.
    [Letter] [1933] November 7, New York [to] Dr. Drinker / Fairfax Downey.
    Downey thanks Drinker for expressing interest in his biography of Richard Harding Davis. He then includes a list of Davis' surviving relations, and mentions the deaths of his parents. An extensive traveler and veteran of two World Wars, Downey wrote biographies, military histories, collections of verse, and children's historical novels. An 1871 Lehigh graduate, Drinker remains the only alumnus to become president; he presided over the University from 1905 to 1920, establishing the endowment, an alumni bulletin, and a business model for running the University. During his tenure seven buildings were completed on campus, and majors were divided into three separate colleges.
  5. Drinker, Henry S. (Henry Sturgis), 1850-1937.
    [Letter] 1913 December 20, Bethlehem, PA [to] Woodrow Wilson, Washington DC / Henry S. Drinker.
    Drinker praises Wilson for signing the Hetch Hetchy bill. The bill relates to the movement of San Francisco to secure the scenic Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park as a site for city reservoir; naturalists like John Muir opposed the plan, but Congress passed the Raker Act in 1913 which allowed for the still-controversial dam to be built. Drinker calls the arguments of Muir and others "remote and sentimental," and outweighed by the "practical great good" of the project. He critiques those who embark on "purely emotional diatribes," linking conservation with movements like vivisection. An 1871 Lehigh graduate, Drinker remains the only alumnus to become president; he presided over the University from 1905 to 1920, establishing the endowment, an alumni bulletin, and a business model for running the University. During his tenure seven buildings were completed on campus, and majors were divided into three separate colleges. At the time this letter was written, Wilson was serving his first term in office during which he passed anti-trust legislation and labor reform bills; during his second term the United States entered World War II on the side of the Allies. Wilson's hand-crafted League of Nations was not accepted by Congress, but many of its elements would be restored in the formation of the United Nations.
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