[illegible.. tric?] all under the patronage of their Governments, who, furnish them with unlimited means of experimenting, & with every opportunity for pursuing their studies. Our Government is woefully behind in this respect. See what a difference is manifest in astronomy, since it came under the patronage of our Government, formerly it had no standing in the eyes of other nations, now, our share of original work is performed, new stars discovered, and American instruments are at a
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premium in foreign lands.
There is little probability of our Government extending help to biological & physiological investigation, but an institution such as you are about to found, should be the source of this aid - See what Pasteur in France, and Koch in Germany, are accomplishing Hydrophobia bids fair to be a disease of the [past?], and so it may be with other maladies, but, the source of these diseases, and the mode of exterminating them, can never be arrived at, by theorizing; only
[by careful experiment can?] this be determined, and this requires laboratory facilities, which the individual does not possess - Is not the American mind equal to the foreign in quick perception of facts, & the practical use of them? Certainly it is, but, the mechanic with poor implements cannot compete with the artizan furnished with modern tools - With a well equipped laboratory, which would not require a vast outlay, these questions can receive their share of attention in this country, & the eyes of the world may be directed to America, which in practical
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arts has amazed all nations by her fertility of invention.
No grander theme could engage the attention of scientists than the elimination of those scourges, which sweep over our land & decimate the population. And whether America shall do her part in solving this great problem, depends on the munificence of a few private individuals in our Country. No better place could be selected for the establishment of such a laboratory than in the great Leland Stanford Jr. University.
[I have?] [illegible] [will?would?] [illegible] these suggestions, they simply express my convictions, & I am sure I should be glad to be identified with so noble a project.
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