SAMUEL L. "MARK TWAIN" CLEMENS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/30/1897 - HFSID 3380
Sale Price $2,380.00
SAMUEL CLEMENS (MARK TWAIN)
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) sends an autograph letter sending a piece for a magazine but request it be sent back if it cannot be used.
Autograph Letter Signed: "SL Clemens", ¾p, 5¼x8¼. Weggis (Switzerland), 1897 August 30. Begins: "Dear Boys". In full: "You might find place for this - I should say among the small-type correspondence over in the back of the magazine. But if you are 'full up,' as the bus drivers say, please return it to Yrs Ever." Handwritten postscript: "Care Chatto & Windus 111 St. Martin's Lane London, WC Which is my permanent address till I get home next year." Creased with folds. Ink note (unknown hand) at upper margin. Overall, fine condition. Accompanied by Typed Letter Signed: "Robert H. Hirst", 1p, 8½x11. Berkeley, California, 1983 October 12. On letterhead of the University of California, Berkley, Mark Twain Papers, The Bancroft Library to Todd M. Axelrod, Director, American Museum of Historical Documents, Las Vegas, Nevada. In full: "Thank you for allowing me to read your Mark Twain letter to 'Dear Boys,' dated August 30, 1897 from Weggis Switzerland. In July 1896, Mark Twain and his family settled outside of London for a year, during which the author prepared his final travel book, Following the Equator, as well as various shorter works. The following July, the party decided to travel to Lucerne, via Holland and Germany, and spend the summer there. Joined by Clemens's (sic) sister-in-law and niece, the family eventually chose as a vacation spot the small village called Weggis, at the foot of Rigi mountain. Here Clemens enjoyed visiting with local residents and attempted to proceed with various literary projects. As he had done for the previous twelve months, Clemens did not encourage public knowledge of his whereabouts and requested that his English publishers, Chatto & Windus, receive his mail. In this letter, Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens) submits to the editors of the Century Magazine a tribute to his long-time neighbor and literary colleage (sic), James Hammond Trumbull, who died on 5 August 1897. Trumbull was at different periods of his life Connecticut secretary of state and trustee-librarian of the Watkinson Library at Hartford, Connecticut. But it is chiefly his scholarly work on the history and philology of the American Indians that established his reputation. Clemens enjoyed both a social and professional relationship with Trumbull: they moved in similar Hartford circles and Trumbull assisted Clemens with the multi-lingual chapter headings for the Gilded Age, a novel written jointly by Mark Twain and fellow-Hartfordian Charley Dudley Warner. Here, Clemens suggests to the 'boys' of the Century magazine that the memorial be included in the 'Open Letters" section at the back of each issue. The 'boys,' long-time acquantances (sic) of Clemens's (sic) such as Richard W. Gilder, Robert U. Johnson, and C. C. Buel, published the piece, 'James Hammond Trumbull, The Tribute of a Neighbor,' in the November 1897 issue of the journal. In it, Mark Twain writes that Trumbull was 'probably the richest man in America in the matter of knowledge...he spent his riches in a princely way upon any that needed and applied.' He relates several anecdotes to illustrate both the great learning and the tremendous generosity of his 'illustrious neighbor and friend.' This letter is of interest for several reasons. It is evidence to us, previously unknown, of how the tribute came to be written and published in the Century. And it provides us with an added glimpse into the author's close relations with journalists and publishers, even during his extended residence in Europe. I thank you once again for the opportunity to examine this interesting letter." Creased. Folds, vertical fold touches "n" in Clemens. Lightly creased. Erased, pencil notes, (unknown hand) at bottom margin. Indelible blue file note, "#50 Switzerland" at upper margin, unknown hand. Overall, fine condition. Two items.
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