SAMUEL L. "MARK TWAIN" CLEMENS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/05/1872 - HFSID 37025
SAMUEL L. CLEMENS (MARK TWAIN). ALS: "S.L. Clemens" in pencil, 1p, 5x8. Langham (London), Tuesday (1872 November 5). To (Henry) Lee. In full: "Cable telegram from my wife,
Sale Price $4,250.00
SAMUEL L. CLEMENS (MARK TWAIN). ALS: "S.L. Clemens" in pencil, 1p, 5x8. Langham (London), Tuesday (1872 November 5). To (Henry) Lee. In full: "Cable telegram from my wife, saying 'Come home' - Therefore I sail in first steamer after Lord Mayor's dinner on the 9th, & return with my family in April, to spend the summer. Linnean Society dinner O.K." Handwritten postscript: "P.S. - Tight". At upper margin, Clemens has written: "Midnight - just from In-/auguration Dinner." in ink. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Slightly soiled, touching the "em" of Clemens. Irregular right edge. Fine condition. Accompanied by photocopy of TLS from Robert H. Hirst, General Editor, Mark Twain Project, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1984 August 16. In full: "Thank you for showing me your Mark Twain letter to 'Dear Lee,' dated 'Langham, Tuesday.' I am pleased to be able to give you the following information about it. Clemens was writing from the Langham Hotel, in London. The date is Tuesday, 5 November 1872, near the end of his first visit to London, where he had been received with great enthusiasm by press, public, and officialdom. Clemens' addressee was Henry Lee, naturalist of the Brighton Aquarium, who had made himself something of a host to Clemens, showing him around London and Brighton. The 'Inauguration Dinner' was the inaugural banquet given by the Lord Mayor of London Elect (Sir Sydney Waterloow) on the evening of 4 November 1872. The 'Lord Mayor's dinner on the 9th' was the banquet given by the Lord Mayor and the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex on 9 November 1872, following a procession through the city to present the Lord Mayor to the Barons of the Exchequer. The Linnean Society, founded in 1788, was named for Carolus Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist known as the father of modern systematic botany. Its object was the study of botany and zoology. Its dinner (date as yet undetermined by us) and the two dinners for the Lord Mayor exemplify the sort of public and private occasions that Mark Twain was, relentlessly, made part of during the approximately two and a half months he was in England. The trip conformed his position as an international literary celebrity. As promised here, he returned to England, with his wife and daughter, for the spring and summer of 1873. This is a very fine and valuable Mark Twain letter, one whose existence I was not aware of previously. It is especially entertaining for its slips of the pen that indicate that Clemens was indeed 'Tight.' I congratulate you on this excellent find, which would be a superb acquisition for anyone." Slightly creased. Staple holes at upper left corner, ink notes (unknown hand) at upper right and lower left margins. Black marks from photocopying at blank right margin. Overall, fine condition. Two items.
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