SAMUEL L. "MARK TWAIN" CLEMENS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/19/1900 - HFSID 5812
SAMUEL L. CLEMENS (MARK TWAIN) Writing during a visit to the home of drama critic Laurence Hutton, Twain writes that he has "eaten up all his plasmon", and orders more. Clemens was an investor in this food fad. Autograph Letter Signed: "S L. Clemens" in pencil, 1p, 4x4½ lined sheet. No place, 1900 November 19.
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SAMUEL L. CLEMENS (MARK TWAIN)
Writing during a visit to the home of drama critic Laurence Hutton, Twain writes that he has "eaten up all his plasmon", and orders more. Clemens was an investor in this food fad.
Autograph Letter Signed: "S L. Clemens" in pencil, 1p, 4x4½ lined sheet. No place, 1900 November 19. To Dr. Cooke. In full: "I have been in Laurence Hutton's house 2 days & have eaten up all his plasmon. Please send him 2 pounds (in quarter-pound packages). [rest of line crossed out]". Handwritten postscript: "Laurence Hutton/Princeton, N.J." "8 ¼" written in pencil to left of closing, "126" written at lower margin. LAURENCE HUTTON (1843-1904) was a critic and author known for his histories of the stage. He had moved to Princeton in 1898 and lived there until his death six years later. Mark Twain had previously visited Hutton at his New York home and his summer home in the Catskills. In the year of this letter, SAMUEL L. CLEMENS (1835-1910) published one fiction work, The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg, and traveled to England to argue copyright laws before the House of Lords. Use your search engine to seek out "plasmon" today, and you'll find abstruse definitions of a term in quantum physics. At the turn of the 20th century, however, plasmon referred to dried milk biscuits with other ingredients added. Plasmon was considered a health food and a survival ration, carried by Ernest Shackleton on his Antarctic Expedition of 1902. Samuel Clemens was an investor in a company that marketed Plasmon, and touted it to friends and family. Plasmon biscuits are still manufactured in Italy as a nutritional snack. Encapsulated. Slightly soiled. Date stamp at upper right margin. Fine condition.
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