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SAMUEL L. "MARK TWAIN" CLEMENS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/29/1870 CO-SIGNED BY: JAMES REDPATH - HFSID 16922

Clemens handwrote and signed this 1870 letter to his lecture manager James Redpath. In it, he writes about the death of one of his wife's friends and failed attempts to publish a map about the Prussian siege of Paris. Accompanied by a handwritten note from James Redpath to a Boston printer.

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SAMUEL CLEMENS, CO-SIGNED BY: JAMES REDPATH
Clemens handwrote and signed this 1870 letter to his lecture manager James Redpath. In it, he writes about the death of one of his wife's friends and failed attempts to publish a map about the Prussian siege of Paris. Accompanied by a handwritten note from James Redpath to a Boston printer.
Autograph letter signed "Mark" in pencil. Also signed "S. L. Clemens/10/11/70" on verso in unknown hand. 2 pages, 5 ¾x10½ (front and verso). Buffalo, New York. Addressed to "Redpath", probably James Redpath of Redpath's Lyceum Bureau in Boston, Massachusetts. In full: "Dear Redpath - Have had a death in the my house, & am harried with literary work beside - & so I give up the additions to the map. Let Prang go ahead with the Map just as it is. One of these days, if the opportunity offers I will try to get up some-thing which can be copy-righted & thus enure to mutual benefit. I wish I had the time to fix up the additions to this Map, for there might be a success made of it - but circumstances have put a veto on it. I hope Prang will make some money out of this work of art for I haven't - & can't now because of my neglect to copyright it. I would like to lecture next year, but don't know. I have a notion to get up a hideous panorama & a bully accompanying lecture & put some fellow into your lecture field to go through the lyceums with it. Yrs". Accompanied by: 2 ½ x 3 note signed "Dear Mr Prang/We enclosed/speaker for itself./Please return/[Illegible]/James Redpath". Our researcher dates this letter at Oct. 8, 1870. This was a busy time in Clemens' life. He was in the midst of writing Roughing It, and a friend of his wife Olivia, Emma Nye, had died on Sept. 29. Because of this, he had to drop his plans to publish an enhanced version of a map detailing a Prussian siege of Paris. He had apparently engraved this map himself for the Sept. 17, 1870 edition of the Buffalo Express - a map that was printed backwards, as Clemens hadn't engraved it in reverse. He wanted to publish this with L. Prang & Company of Boston, Massachusetts, possibly as a chromolithograph, but events forced him to curtail it. CLEMENS (1835-1910), who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain, was a steamboat pilot, journalist, world traveler and renowned lecturer. Above all, he was a skillful essayist and novelist whose lasting contributions to American literature include Tom Sawyer (1875), Huckleberry Finn (1885) and A Connecticut Yankee At King Arthur's Court (1889). REDPATH (1833-1891), born in England, moved with his family to the US in 1849. He immediately began writing antislavery tracts, which attracted the attention of Horace Greeley. Greeley invited the young Redpath, still a teenager, to write for the New York Tribune. In the 1850s, Redpath made three tours of the southern states, interviewing slaves about their condition and publishing Talks with Slaves in the Southern States. In 1856, Redpath went to Kansas to support the free soil cause in that state, starting his own anti-slavery newspaper. He met John Brown that year and reported favorably on Brown to newspaper readers in the East. He continued to support Brown after the raid on Harper's Ferry and Brown's execution, writing a best-selling biography of the man the next year. In later years Redpath was an editor at the North American Review. He was active in "single tax" advocate Henry George's campaign for Mayor of New York (1886). Clemens letter is lightly toned, stained and creased. With "Boston Lyceum Bureau" stamp in black ink, dated Oct. 11, 1870, at top right corner slightly touching writing. Ink signature on verso touches Clemens' writing and has bled through to other side. Folded twice vertically and six times horizontally and unfolded. Worn and torn along edges. Redpath letter is lightly toned and creased. Otherwise in fine condition.

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