THE FOUNDER OF POPULAR SCIENCE MONTHLY WAS THOROUGHLY GROUNDED IN DARWINISM AND RETURNED REPEATEDLY, IN HIS ARTICLES IN THE MAGAZINE, TO THE PROBLEMS OF APPLYING SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST AND NATURAL SELECTION TO SOCIETY. IN ONE OF HIS EARLIEST EDITORIALS HE ANNOUNCED THAT IT WAS “ALL A QUESTION OF FITNESS”. TO HIM THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INDIVIDUAL SUCCESS AND FAILURE WAS DEPENDENT ON HOW A PERSON APPLIED HIMSELF. HERE HE HANDWRITES A DISCOURAGING NOTE TO AN AUTOGRAPH HUNTER WHO HE BELIEVES IS WASTING TIME THAT COULD BE BETTER SPENT ELSEWHERE.
WILLIAM JAY YOUMANS (1838-1901) SIGNED NOTE, “Sincerely Yours, Wm. Jay Youmans”, on a card 3.5 x 2.5, by the American scientist, medical doctor, and co-founder, with his brother, of Popular Science Monthly and became editor-in-chief after his brothers death in 1887. He contributed articles to the magazine under his own name and also wrote articles on chemistry, metallurgy, and physiology for Appletons’ Annual Cyclopaedia He was author of Pioneers of Science in American (1895). His handwritten note, in full: “Autograph hunting is a nuisance, demoralizing to the hunter and exasperating to the hunted”. The card is in fine condition, with minor age toning.