SAMUEL L. "MARK TWAIN" CLEMENS - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 12/05/1902 - HFSID 31409
SAMUEL L. CLEMENS (MARK TWAIN). ANS: "SL. Clemens", 1p, on verso of 5½x3¼ 1-cent McKinley postal card. Riverdale, New York City, (1902) December 5. Postmarked New York, Kings Bridge, Dec 6. Addressed by Clemens to "Frederick Peabody, Esq/15 Court Square/Boston/Mass.
Sale Price $2,800.00
SAMUEL L. CLEMENS (MARK TWAIN). ANS: "SL. Clemens", 1p, on verso of 5½x3¼ 1-cent McKinley postal card. Riverdale, New York City, (1902) December 5. Postmarked New York, Kings Bridge, Dec 6. Addressed by Clemens to "Frederick Peabody, Esq/15 Court Square/Boston/Mass." In full: "Have you a copy of those Rules, from which you quote which you synopsize on your page 36? If you are done with it I should like to have it. Truly Yours". Lightly creased, vertical crease at the "L" of signature. Slightly soiled. Worn at corners. Overall, fine condition. Accompanied by TLS: "Robert H. Hirst" as General Editor, Mark Twain Project, University of California, Berkeley, 1p, 8½x11. Berkeley, California, 1983 October 28. In full: "I was most interested to see your Mark Twain postcard dated 'Riverdale, New York City, Dec. 5.' and signed 'SL. Clemens.' I think that I can document it for you. The complete date of the card is 5 December 1902. Its addressee was Frederick W. Peabody. A Boston attorney, Peabody was a vocal critic of Christian Science, the religious movement that Mark Twain was at the time discussing in a series of articles for the North American Review (December 1902; January, February, April 1903.) Peabody had delivered an address attacking Christian Science at Tremont in Boston on 1 August 1901. On 2 December 1902, having read Mark Twain's 'Christian Science' in the North American Review for that month, Peabody sent Mark Twain a copy of the pamphlet version of the address, entitled A Complete Exposé of Eddyism or Christian Science and the Plain Truth in Plain Terms Regarding Mary Baker G. Eddy, Founder of Christian Science (Boston, 1901). The present postcard refers to a section of the pamphlet in which Peabody commented on the 'rules and by-laws' of Christian Science Publishing Society, 1899). It and Peabody's pamphlet were among Mark Twain's chief reference sources in his continuing examination of Christian Science. I hope that this information will be of use to you. This postcard, which I had never seen before in any form, is a very significant addition to the materials that facilitate an understanding of Mark Twain's extensive writings on Christian Science. I am extremely grateful to you for permitting me to read it." Lightly creased. Staple holes at upper left blank corner, pencil notes (unknown hand) at upper right edge. Fine condition. Two items.
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