SAMUEL L. "MARK TWAIN" CLEMENS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/20/1895 - HFSID 348018
SAMUEL L. CLEMENS (MARK TWAIN) The American author famous for his characters Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer signed and wrote this framed letter in 1895! Autograph Letter Signed: "S L Clemens", 2p, 3¾x6, conjoined leaves. On letterhead of Villa Viviana Settigano, (Florence, Italy).
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SAMUEL L. CLEMENS (MARK TWAIN) The American author famous for his characters Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer signed and wrote this framed letter in 1895! Autograph Letter Signed: "S L Clemens", 2p, 3¾x6, conjoined leaves. On letterhead of Villa Viviana Settigano, (Florence, Italy). Written from Hartford, Connecticut, 1895 February 20. To "My Dear Mrs. Bronson". In full: "Mrs. Clemens sends her best bow & thanks with mine for your steadfast kindness in regard to the glass. I shall drop Moses of the Tower a line & propose as you suggest. I shall drop Mr. Forbes a line, too, & ask him to waive rank & call on me, & as soon as I get a chance I will pay back in kind. Florence is 4,000 miles from here & I hardly ever attempt the achievement of going there. This further off than any place that I've got friends in except heaven Hell, & sometimes even that resort doesn't seem so far. (But I didn't need to make that correction - it doesn't seem to disexaggerate (sic) the distance as much as I thought it would.) Mrs. Clemens' health is not improving, I am sorry to say, but the rest of us are without ailments. With my best regard to you & to Miss Bronson." Although he speaks of not attempting the achievement of going to Florence, in July 1895, just five months after he wrote this letter, American humorist, author and publisher Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910) would embark on a worldwide lecture tour that would take him across the western U.S., into Canada and on to Australia, New Zealand, India and Africa. The trip resulted from the bankruptcy in 1894 of Clemens' publishing firm, Charles L. Webster & Co., which he had purchased to publish his own books and the works of others. The company was successful at first, particularly with its publication of the two-volume Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant (1885-1886). By 1888, however, the firm was in serious financial difficulty due to an overly ambitious publication schedule and a poor choice of titles. Clemens, in an effort to pay his debts, embarked on his worldwide lecture tour (1895-1896) and became solvent through these appearances. He published a record of his travels, Following the Equator, in 1897. The Clemens family did make it to Florence in November 1903, when Clemens moved his family to the warmer climate after his wife, Olivia, once again became ill. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Otherwise, fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 25¾x22½.
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