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SAMUEL L. "MARK TWAIN" CLEMENS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/03/1894 - HFSID 4304

SAMUEL CLEMENS [MARK TWAIN] Mark Twain responds to the daughter of one of America's foremost actors. Autograph Letter Signed: "SL Clemens", 1p, 4½6¾. The Players, 16 Gramercy Park (New York), 1894 February 3. To Mrs. Grossman.

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SAMUEL CLEMENS [MARK TWAIN]
Mark Twain responds to the daughter of one of America's foremost actors.
Autograph Letter Signed: "SL Clemens", 1p, 4½6¾. The Players, 16 Gramercy Park (New York), 1894 February 3. To Mrs. Grossman. In full: "If I had a line from his honored hand it would be at your command at any moment, but it happened that your father & I corresponded only with the tongue. not the pen. Sincerely yours." Nailhead-size stain at upper left blank corner. Pencil erasure below signature. Fine condition. Accompanied by Typed Letter Signed: "Robert H. Hirst" as General Editor, Mark Twain Project, 1p, 8½x11. University of California, Berkeley, 1983 October 11. In full: "I am grateful for your giving me the opportunity to read your Mark Twain letter to 'Dear Mrs. Grossman,' dated 3 February 1894 from 'The Players' and signed 'SL Clemens.' The addressee is Mrs. Edwina Booth Grossman, daughter of Edwin Booth (1833-1893), one of the greatest actors of the nineteenth century and for many years a friend of Mark Twain's. It was Booth who conceived of the Players Club, the famous association of actors, artists, authors, and patrons of the arts, which was organized in January 1888 with Mark Twain among the founding members. Booth gave the club the house at 16 Gramercy Park in New York that became its headquarters. Mark Twain frequently stayed there while in New York City and, as the dateline indicates, was staying there when he wrote the present letter to Mrs. Grossman. Her letter to Mark Twain, to which he was responding, does not survive, but presumably she had asked him for any letters of her father's that she might use in her forthcoming book, Edwin Booth: Recollections by His Daughter Edwina Booth Grossman, and Letters to Her and to His Friends (New York: The Century Co., 1894). In reporting that he and Edwin Booth corresponded 'only with the tongue', Mark Twain was forgetting at least one occasion upon which he had written to Booth. This was on 7 April 1877, when he sent a note to Booth, who was appearing in Hartford, Connecticut, Mark Twain's home city, to apologize for calling on him and interrupting his rest between performances. (The original manuscript of this letter is at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont.) Once again, thank you for allowing me to see this most interesting letter. It provides understated, but significant, testimony to the position Mark Twain held among the most prominent men of his day." Fine condition. Two items.

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