SAMUEL L. "MARK TWAIN" CLEMENS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/07/1872 - HFSID 3336
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SAMUEL L. CLEMENS (MARK TWAIN)
Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) sends an autograph letter to his lecture manager James Redpath trying to firm up his lecture series.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Mark", 1p, 5x7¾ lined sheet. Wooster (sic, Worcester), [Massachusetts], 1872 January 7. To James Redpath, his lecture manager.In full: "Paterson wails, weeps for Feb. 1. I telegraphed them to fix a date with you - in January if possible: in Feb if it couldn't be helped. But my understanding of things is that I am at Troy Feb. 1. I wish Paterson was the day before or the day after Jersey City - though a loafing day in New York is no great hardship. Did you expunge that backward march to Scranton?" Clemens has added at left margin: "Can't go on the new list of lecturers for next year yet." Lightly soiled. Lightly creased with folds, vertical fold at the "M" of Mark. Ink note (unknown hand) on verso shows through at upper margin, which is lightly shaded. Overall, fine condition. Accompanied by Typed Letter Signed: "Robert H. Hirst" as General Editor, Mark Twain Project. Berkeley, California, 1983 August 25. On letterhead of the University of California, Berkeley, Mark Twain Papers, The Bancroft Library, to Todd M. Axelrod, Las Vegas, NV, giving background on Twain's letter. In full: "I am pleased to provide you with the following information on another of your fine acquisitions: the Mark Twain letter to 'Dear Redpath,' dated 'Wooster Jan 7.' The full date of this letter is 7 January 1872 and the addressee is James Redpath. Redpath, Mark Twain's lecture manager, was the lead of the Boston Lyceum Bureau, a leading booking agency. At the time of writing Mark Twain was nearing the end of the arduous lecture tour he had begun in mid-October 1871. His impatience to be finished was growing, and, despite the fee involved, he was reluctant to extend the tour by so much as a day. The troublesome lecture in Paterson, New Jersey, which he and Redpath had been trying to schedule for months, was finally set for 31 January 1872. The Scranton, Pennsylvania, lecture-a backward march in the sense that it meant a temporary retreat from Mark Twain's advance homeward toward Hartford, Connecticut-was supposed to take place on 29 January. I am presently unable to say whether or not he fulfilled that engagement. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read this letter. Its sense of immediacy is still remarkably vivid after more than a hundred years, making it a highly attractive example of Mark Twain's epistolary style." Slightly creased. Stapled at upper left blank corner. Fine condition. Two items.
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