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SAMUEL L. "MARK TWAIN" CLEMENS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/19/1883 - HFSID 49148

SAMUEL L. CLEMENS (MARK TWAIN). ALS: "S.L. Clemens", 1p, 5½x8¾. Hartford, 1883 December 19. To unnamed recipient. Begins: "Dear Sir"

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Condition: lightly creased
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SAMUEL L. CLEMENS (MARK TWAIN). ALS: "S.L. Clemens", 1p, 5½x8¾. Hartford, 1883 December 19. To unnamed recipient. Begins: "Dear Sir". In full: "I am very sorry I cannot take a hand in trying to select the right & best motto, but I am too much pressed for time. Truly Yours". "Mark Twain" written (unknown hand) in blue pencil at lower blank margin. In 1883, the year this letter was written, Samuel L. Clemens published Life on the Mississippi, a memoir of his youthful years as a cub pilot on a steamboat paddling up and down the Mississippi River, and finished writing Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In 1870, Clemens had married Olivia Langdon. They settled in Buffalo but moved to Hartford, Connecticut in 1871. In 1874, the Clemens' elaborate, $40,000 19-room house on Farmington Avenue was completed. For the next 17 years (1874-1891), Samuel, Olivia and their three daughters lived in the Hartford home. Lightly creased with folds, vertical fold at the "l" of Clemens. Mounting remnants on verso (light show t hrough at upper blank margin and lower left blank edge. Fine condition.

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