SAMUEL L. "MARK TWAIN" CLEMENS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/26/1902 - HFSID 3376
SAMUEL L. CLEMENS (MARK TWAIN) Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) sends an autograph letter asking for the pictures of it is not a hardship. Black-bordered Autograph Letter Signed: "Mark Twain," 1p, 5x7¾. Riverdale on the Hudson, New York City, (undated but written from York Harbor, Maine, 1902 September 26).
Sale Price $2,550.00
SAMUEL L. CLEMENS (MARK TWAIN)
Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) sends an autograph letter asking for the pictures of it is not a hardship.
Black-bordered Autograph Letter Signed: "Mark Twain," 1p, 5x7¾. Riverdale on the Hudson, New York City, (undated but written from York Harbor, Maine, 1902 September 26). To "Dear Madame" (Mrs. Elisabeth Brochmann). In full: "I shall be very glad indeed to have the pictures if it will be no trouble to you to send them, but you must not put any burden on yourself. I should have answered you sooner but for sickness in the house. My wife has been in bed 7 weeks (here on the seacoast in Maine) & has been near to death three times; but now she is getting well, we think; & we expect that by the middle of October we can take her home to Riverdale." With copy of a letter from Robert H. Hirst, General Editor, Mark Twain Project, University of California, about this letter. In part: "During the summer of 1902, Mark Twain and his family rented a cottage on the York River at York Harbor, Maine. On August 12 Mark Twain's wife, Olivia, was stricken with a serious attack of asthma, an affliction which would ultimately lead to her death in June, 1904. For several weeks, her family remained in considerable anxiety about the outcome of her illness, and it was not until late September that they felt sure she was out of danger. The date of 26 September has therefore been assigned to the letter with a high degree of certainty, and this date is corroborated by other documentary evidence in our files. I have also been able to identify the addressee of Mark Twain's letter, since we are in possession of the letter he is answering. This letter is from Mrs. Elisabeth Brochmann, a Norwegian translator who had requested permission from the author to translate some of his works into Norwegian. In particular, she mentions 'A Double-Barreled Detective Story,' which she had already managed to publish in a Norwegian periodical. Mrs. Brochmann finished her letter: 'I should be very happy if you permitted me to send you some pictures from this beautiful mountain valley where we are living.' Mark Twain responded to this suggestion in the opening paragraph of his letter...(this letter) illustrates Mark Twain's great capacity for kindness and frankness toward a stranger." Fine condition. Two items.
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