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PASTEUR, Louis (1822-1895). French chemist.
Autograph Letter Signed [to Walter Raleigh Browne], 1 page 8vo (small repairs to the folds), Paris, 16 May 1882. Regretfully declining 'l'honneur auquel vous me conviez' because of pressure of work and explaining the tardiness of his reply as due to a trip he had to make to the Midi.
Walter Raleigh Browne (1842-1884) was a civil engineer and founder of the Society for Psychical Research. He often lectured on evidences of Christianity and organized a private conference with the Archbishop of Canterbury with the aim of encouraging men of science to reaffirm their religious beliefs and to publish a series of articles in the Contemporary Review on the state of the various sciences.
 Pasteur was at this time working on his germ theory of disease, a premise he had extrapolated from his germ theory of fermentation and which he tested first with anthrax and then with rabies.
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