GALLAUDET, EDWARD MINER

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“Abraham has made excellent progress in school”

 

GALLAUDET, EDWARD MINER. (1837-1917). Pioneering advocate for the education of the hearing impaired. ALS. (“E.M. Gallaudet”). 2pp. 8vo. Washington, D.C., December 16, (1867). To Benjamin Frantz (1824-1907), a prominent physician in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.

 

“My brother will go to Baltimore with a number of our pupils on Thursday morning Dec 24 reaching Baltimore about 9 o’clock. Please write Mr. W. L. Gallaudet, if you would like him to bring Ab[ra]m with him at that time. I shall be absent from our town for the next fortnight, hence my request that you will address my brother. Abraham [sic.] has made excellent progress in school & bids fair to make a fine scholar. He is quite well & so far as I am aware is in need of nothing. If he requires anything my brother will mention it when you meet him in Baltimore. The return of the pupils will be by the afternoon accommodation train on Monday Jan 4th 1868. My bro[ther] will be in Baltimore that day…”

 

Gallaudet was the son of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, founder of the first school for deaf children in the United States, the American School for the Deaf, and a pioneer in sign language and the education of the hearing impaired. His mother, Sophia Fowler, born deaf, was a student at the school. Thomas and Sarah had eight children, several of whom continued their parents’ legacy.

 

After Sophia Gallaudetpetitioned Congress for the establishment of a college for the deaf in 1857, Amos Kendall, American journalist, postmaster general and business agent for Samuel F.B. Morse, donated the land on which the Columbia Institution for the Deaf and Dumb was founded in Washington, D.C., and later renamed Gallaudet University. Kendall asked Edward Gallaudet, a teacher at his father’s school, to become its first superintendent, and he held leadership roles at the institution for 53 years, becoming a highly lauded advocate for the deaf and mute. Gallaudet remains the only institution of higher education which exclusively educates the hearing impaired.

 

Gallaudet had several brothers also devoted to the cause of educating the deaf, including William Lewis Gallaudet (1829-1887), steward of the institution. Our letter likely refers to Dr. Frantz’s son Abram Frantz (1861-1935).

 

Folded with normal wear. Accompanied by the original envelope addressed in Gallaudet’s hand. In very good condition. Uncommon, particularly with this content.

 

 

Item #20177


$500


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