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  1. Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931.
    [Letter] [18]78 May 5 [to] Friend [Henry] Bentley / T[homas]. A. E[dison].
    Edison assures Bentley that he will get the phones, and discusses the possibility of a phone at the Exhibition. He asks Bentley not to do anything regarding the embossing machines; Mr. Orton wasn't aware that they'd never been tested, and Edison states that he will take the matter up when time permits. Beneath the arc over the Asian characters at the top of the letter, Edison squeezes in a small note saying that he cannot respond to all of his mail as he gets 80 letters a day. Edison began his scientific career with chemical experiments as a boy, going to work as a telegraph operator in the Midwest, and then opening an "invention factory" in Menlo Park at which he invented the carbon telephone transmitter (1876), the phonograph (1877), and the improvements necessary for the widespread implementation of the incandescent lamp (1879). He relocated in 1887 to West Orange and founded a company that later came to be known as General Electric.
  2. Gauss, Carl Friedrich, 1777-1855.
    [Letter] 1816 March 4, Göttingen (Germany), [to] Doctor [August Ferdinand] Möbius, Leipzig / C[arl] F[riedrich] Gauss.
    Letter written by Gauss in Göttingen to Möbius in Leipzig. Gauss begins by thanking Möbius for the gift of a copy of his work and apologizing for not having written sooner. He continues by expressing his heartfelt hope that Möbius will be appointed professor of astronomy in Leipzig (as indeed happened later that year) and his conviction that Möbius will make significant scientific contributions in that position. Gauss also mentions that in the past winter he has submitted two papers on the Fundamental Theorem of the Theory of Equations (what is now known as the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra) to the Göttingen scientific society. Gauss remarks that the construction of the new observatory in Göttingen is quite far along, and that he hopes to be able to move into his residence (in the observatory) by the next fall. He concludes with his best wishes to the astronomer Karl Mollweide at Leipzig.

    Prof. Steven H. Weintraub, Dept. of Mathematics, Lehigh University.
  3. Herbert, Henry William, 1807-1858.
    [Letter] 1845 October 18, Newark, NJ [to] A. Hart / Henry Wm. Herbert.
    Herbert writes to say that he would have replied sooner, but was in New York. He sends the notes and requests what to do with the French copy. He contends that he has "hunted up every name, but comparatively few new ones occur." Herbert, who published on field sports under the pseudonym "Frank Forester," was an Englishman who emigrated to America and started the American Monthly Magazine in 1833 to rival the Knickerbocker magazine. A poet, writer of histories and historical romances, and a contributor to periodicals and a translator of Latin, Greek, and French (including the work of Alexandre Dumas), Herbert's authoritative works on field sports include his Frank Forester's Field Sports of the United States, and British Provinces of North America (1849).
  4. Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912.
    [Letter] December 18, Scotland [to] Leaf / Andrew Lang.
    Lang addresses Leaf's mention of shields, discussing (and drawing to illustrate) the utility of a shield's concavity and oval shape in the face of an onslaught of arrows. A man of many talents, Lang was a Scottish scholar, poet, literary historian, translator, novelist, and historian specializing in folk tales and mythology. He produced a 12-volume collection of fairy tales from around the world (1889-1910) as well as a translation of the works of Homer including the Iliad on which he collaborated with Walter Leaf and E. Myers. Leaf later produced his own edition of Homer's Iliad (1886-88) with notes and an introduction that was critically acclaimed as was his Troy: a Study in Homeric Geography (1912).
  5. MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-
    [Document] 1944 March 22 [to] Howard Seavoy Leach / Archibald Macleish.
    Using the Library of Congress' form, Macleish acknowledges receipt of the Reverend R. Morrison's A View of China for Philological Purposes... (1817) sent by the Lehigh librarian Leach who also published bibliographies of Woodrow Wilson's work as well as American and English drama and Cruikshank's illustrations. Macleish was a playwright and a poet, published collections of his verse as well as plays like Nobodaddy and J.B. considering humans' existential dilemmas. As Librarian of Congress, Macleish also gave an address on "Libraries in the contemporary crisis" at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh in 1939.
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