OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES SR. - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/17 - HFSID 27610
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, SR. Autograph Letter signed: "O. W. Holmes", 4½x7. Boston, Massachusetts, October 17, no year. To "Dear Miss Larkin"
Sale Price $360.00
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, SR. Autograph Letter signed: "O. W. Holmes", 4½x7. Boston, Massachusetts, October 17, no year. To "Dear Miss Larkin". In full: "I have one of the best seats for the Symphony Rehearsal tomorrow which will by empty unless some kind friend will accompanyme. Will you be that obliging friend and give me great pleasure? Yours very truly. If you say yes, I will call for you at the Vendome at 2 o'clock punctually." Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition. Accompanied by Autograph Envelope (4½x3), unmailed, addressed in Holmes' hand to "Miss Lily Larkin" Right edge of envelope torn off. Otherwise, fine condition. Physician and author Holmes (1809-1894) is best known for his poems "Old Ironsides" (1830) and "The Wonderful One-Hoss Shay" (1858), and for his urbane Breakfast-Table sketches, the latter first appearing in 1857 in the "Atlantic Monthly" (which he had named). He was the first Dean of Harvard Medical School. His son and namesake was a distinguished Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. This short letter by an honored Bostonian is rich in the city's lore. The historic Hotel Vendome was the site of a tragic fire in 1972, which claimed the lives of 9 of the city's firefighters. On a more positive notes, attendance at rehearsals of the Boston Symphony Orchestra remains a beloved "bean town" tradition. Two items.
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