JAMES J. "GENTLEMAN JIM" CORBETT - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 280354
Sale Price $1,275.00
JAMES J. CORBETT
Heavyweight boxer James J. Corbett wrote this letter on his wife's stationery in 1924 to arrange a meeting in Boston. He added a note: "Please dont [sic] have me speak at dinner". Bound in a red leather 5¼x6¾ folder with gold-colored lettering.
Autograph letter signed "Jas J Corbett" and "J. J. C." in note in top left corner. 1 page, 5¼x6¾, 1 page folded, on stationery of Mrs. Jason J. Corbett. Bound in a 5¾x7¼ red leather folder with gold-colored lettering on front cover: "Letter/written by/Jas. J. Corbett". Dec. 19, 1924. In full: "My dear Mr. Wickes: You letter reached me today and I understand everything. Will arrive in Boston Jan 29th may be [sic] in the morn but will get in touch with you sometime in afternoon. Please dont [sic] worry I never break my word. Best wishes Sincerely yours". Note in top left corner: "Please dont [sic] have me speak at dinner". Corbett (1866-1933) defeated John L. Sullivan in a 21-round decision in New Orleans, Louisiana to become the World Heavyweight Champion. It was the first title bout in which boxing gloves were used. Corbett was champ until 1897 when Bob Fitzsimmons won a 14-round decision in Carson City, Nevada. The dapper and articulate Corbett, known as "Gentleman Jim", appeared on vaudeville stages and in several films of the 1920s. Not bound in Gallery of History style. Lightly toned and soiled. Adhesive residue on verso (no show-through). Otherwise in fine condition.
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