SAMUEL L. "MARK TWAIN" CLEMENS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 42883
SAMUEL L. CLEMENS (MARK TWAIN). Autograph Postscript signed: "S L Clemens", 1p, 5¼x8¾. Elmira (New York), Monday 16th [1884 September 16]. To (Henry C.) Robinson. In full: "P.S. I spoke too soon, Brer Robinson. Mrs.
Sale Price $2,380.00
SAMUEL L. CLEMENS (MARK TWAIN). Autograph Postscript signed: "S L Clemens", 1p, 5¼x8¾. Elmira (New York), Monday 16th [1884 September 16]. To (Henry C.) Robinson. In full: "P.S. I spoke too soon, Brer Robinson. Mrs. Clemens has been sick & won't be strong enough to travel for a week or ten days, yet. So I'll have to appoint another & later billiard meeting. Yrs sincerely". There is a transcript of this letter at The Mark Twain Papers at The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, but no record of a September 16, 1884 letter to Robinson so it is probable that this P.S. was the entire letter, simply a follow-up to a conversation. The full date and the recipient's name have been identified by The Mark Twain Papers. Henry C. Robinson was a close friend of the Clemens household and Mayor of Hartford, Connecticut, from 1872-1874. From Mark Twain, A Biography 1875-1886 published in 1912 by Albert Bigelow Paine: "The billiard-room became his headquarters. He [Mark Twain] received his callers there and impressed them into the game. If they could play, well and good; if they could not play, so much the better--he could beat them extravagantly, and he took a huge delight in such conquests. Every Friday evening, or oftener, a small party of billiard-lovers gathered, and played until a late hour, told stories, and smoked till the room was blue, comforting themselves with hot Scotch and general good-fellowship. Mark Twain always had a genuine passion for billiards. He was never tired of the game. He could play all night. He would stay till the last man gave out from sheer weariness; then he would go on knocking the balls about alone. He liked to invent new games and new rules for old games, often inventing a rule on the spur of the moment to fit some particular shot or position on the table. It amused him highly to do this, to make the rule advantage his own play, and to pretend a deep indignation when his opponents disqualified his rulings and rode him down. S. C. Dunham was among those who belonged to the 'Friday Evening Club,' as they called it, and Henry C. Robinson, long dead, and rare Ned Bunce, and F. G. Whitmore; and the old room there at the top of the house, with its little outside balcony, rang with their voices and their laughter in that day when life and the world for them was young." Uneven top edge. 3 pinhead-sized holes at upper blank right margin. Lightly soiled. Overall, fine condition.
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