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Autograph Manuscript of a Speech on Flyfishing and Conservation, given to the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, at a Dinner in the Biltmore Hotel, New York, 16 March 1968]
[N.p.], 1968 - Autograph manuscript of a thoughtful and wide-ranging speech given by angling author and pioneering conservationist Roderick L. Haig-Brown at the annual dinner of the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, on flyfishing and conservation and the role of flyfishing clubs in promoting conservation. "Forty years ago on the Pacific coast, I had it pretty good - forests everywhere, clean streams coming through them & out of them, lots of fish. Not too many people. I worried, but my worries were for the future. I didn't worry enough. I had no idea how fast it could all change or how badly it could be handled." Haig-Brown notes the rise of fly clubs all across north America as the most encouraging development. He warns of pollution, calls for its reducation and for cleanup of existing pollution, and adds his voice to a growing call for the end to the use of DDT "that barbarous pesticide" (its use was not banned in the U.S. until 1972). He advocates careful stream management, and concludes with a look back to the English poets John Gay and James Thompson. The vast Haig-Brown archive at the University of British Columbia records a two-page pen draft of excerpts of this speech (box 55-7), and notes for Haig-Brown's speeches are also preserved (box 55A). Because so much is preserved in the archive, very little Haig-Brown manuscript material is ever seen on the market. RARE AND INTERESTING AND EVIDENTLY UNPUBLISHED 3 x 5 inches. Blue ink on paper, on 27 3 x 5 index cards (numbered 1-13, 13A-26), 11 lines in neat block letters, occasional points of emphasis designated in red underlining, approximately 1250 words. Last card with note in another hand: "(speech of Roderick Haig-Brown)". First card a bit toned, with a few tiny rust stains from clip, last card with an old fold, otherwise fine. Custom half morocco folding box
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