Jun 16, 2022 - Sale 2609

Sale 2609 - Lot 40

Price Realized: $ 3,000
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Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
SHARING THOUGHTS ON EUGENICS WITH AUTHOR OF BOOK ON CONSANGUINE MARRIAGE BELL, ALEXANDER GRAHAM. Three Typed Letters Signed, to George Byron Louis Arner, encouraging his research into consanguine marriage, discussing his own research on the subject as it relates to deafness, remarking on the definition of 'parents cousins' as used in a census report, sending a copy of his own recent address on eugenics [not present], explaining that he cannot read Arner's typescript, and inviting him to send the printed book when it is published. Each 1 page, 4to, personal stationery; chipping to upper and lower edges of first with minor loss to signature, paper clip stain at upper edge of second, folds. "Beinn Bhreagh" [Baddeck, Nova Scotia], 27 November 1907; Washington, 14 February; 26 March 1908

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27 November 1907: ". . . I hope you will continue your researches concerning the results of 'Consanguineous Marriages' as the whole subject is of immense importance.
"My studies have related chiefly to 'Consanguineous Marriages' in their relation to Deafness, and my data are on file in the Volta Bureau, For the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge Relating to the Deaf . . . ."
14 February 1908: ". . . In regard to the term 'parents cousins' used in the Census Report of the Blind and the Deaf, I think we may translate it to mean 'parents who are related by blood' and not simply first cousins.
"The late Mr. King who had immediate charge of the tabulation informed me that other relationships than first cousins had been included. . . .
"I . . . enclose an advance proof of an address I made recently to the American Breeders' Association entitled, 'A Few Thoughts Concerning Eugenics' containing statistics from the Census Returns indicating an intensification of an inherited tendency towards Blindness or Deafness produced by inbreeding."
In 1908, Arner's book Consanguineous Marriages in the American Population was published by Longmans, Green & Co.