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RE: Newsletter Confirmation

By: Gilbert Rowe - October 14 2016, 8:25 AM

Dear Mr. Mapou,

I was delighted to learn of your 'libreri' in Miami.

Many of us all across the USA of course are concerned about Haiti now since the hurricane and the threat of cholera.

My interest in writing to you is of an historical nature.

My father, Charles Gilbert Rowe, PhD, specialized as a linguist in the changes in the French language in the New World.

As a scholar he visited Quebec, Louisiana, Haiti, and French Guiana.

During the second world war, he, as a Lt. in the US Navy, was stationed for a time in French Guiana.

[He was then sent by the US Navy to Peru, as he was fluent in Spanish also, where he resided for about a year until the war ended.] After the war he was hospitalized for several years with tuberculosis.

On recovery he resumed his college teaching of languages, but he never went further, to my knowledge, with his studies on French in the western hemisphere.

My father died in 1994 at the age of 87. His notes and correspondence about Haiti have languished with me for several decades because I do not know what to do with them. I was wondering (hoping actually) if I could send them to you for safe keeping, or, if you so deemed, disposal.

Much of it is in French, which I can read with some effort, but I have no idea of their importance or who now is pursuing issues such as the evolution of creole languages.

Perhaps you know of someone else who might be interested in this material.

I look forward to your reply by email.

[I am with a TAMU Study Abroad course in Belize and cannot communicate by phone presently.

My sincere regards,

Gilbert T. Rowe, PhD, Professor of Marine Biology and Oceanography

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