[ William Benjamin Carpenter, physiologist, author of one of the first temperance books. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('William B. Carpenter') to the mathematician l'Abbé Moigno

William Benjamin Carpenter (1813-1885), Registrar of the University of London, zoologist and physiologist, temperance advocate [ François Napoléon Marie Moigno [ l'Abbé Moigno ] (1804-1884) ]
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375 Hotel du Louvre [ Paris ]. 8 April 1863.
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Carpenter's most famous work is The Use and Abuse of Alcoholic Liquors in Health and Disease. The first printing of the first edition was published in London by Charles Gilpin in March 1850. It was one of the first temperance books (Washingtonian Movement) to promote the fact that alcoholism is a disease. He was also one of the founders of the modern theory of the adaptive unconscious. 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. He reminds him of his 'kind promise to procure for me an invitation to M. le Verrier's recepton on Friday, which I should be very sorry not to have the opportunity of attending'. He has 'some claim to be remembered on such an occasion', as he is at present 'one of the Vice-Presidents of the Royal Society of London'. If Moigno sends the address of the publishers of 'Les Mondes' he will pay his subscription. The letter ends: 'I shall scarcely be found here, except very early in the morning.'