SAMUEL L. "MARK TWAIN" CLEMENS - AUTOGRAPH NOTE UNSIGNED 11/15/1909 - HFSID 3344
SAMUEL LANGHORNE CLEMENS Clemens handwrote a note correcting the address on this unsigned envelope in 1909, about five months before his death. This envelope - addressed to his home Stormfield instead of Redding, the town that he lived in near the end of his life - is from one of Clemens' friends, Margery Clinton.
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SAMUEL LANGHORNE CLEMENS
Clemens handwrote a note correcting the address on this unsigned envelope in 1909, about five months before his death. This envelope - addressed to his home Stormfield instead of Redding, the town that he lived in near the end of his life - is from one of Clemens' friends, Margery Clinton. Clemens also knew Clinton as "Original Plumber", so his note also makes reference to the "inefficient plumbing" of her address.
Autograph note unsigned. 1 page, 2¾x4¾ textured envelope. Postmarked New York, New York, Nov. 15, 1909 and Stamford, Connecticut, Nov. 16, 1909. In full: "Here's some more inefficient plumbing, you see. There ain't no P. O. at Stormfield." Addressed in another hand: "Samuel L. Clemens/'Stormfield'". Clemens has crossed out part of this address and written his address of "Redding Ridge Conn." in its place. With one 2¢ red-and-white stamp affixed. This envelope was postmarked just over five months before Clemens' death on April 12, 1910. According to Robert H. Hirst, General Editor of the Mark Twain Project at the Bancroft Library at the University of California at Berkeley, this envelope accompanied a letter sent to Clemens by Margery Clinton, who was acquainted with Clemens between the summer of 1907 and his death in April 1910. The original letter from Clinton is not available. "Stormfield" was the name of Clemens' home in Redding Ridge. Clemens apparently sent this envelope back to Clinton with the correct address, noting that there was "no P. O. [post office] at Stormfield", only in Redding Ridge. According to Hirst, Clinton had the odd nickname of "Official Plumber", hence the reference in Clemens' note to "inefficient plumbing". Accompanied by: Seven pages of documents from Hirst, including a photocopy of a Nov. 30, 1909 letter from Clinton postscripted: "My mind must have been wander-ing when I addressed that envelope to you that you sent back in disgust!" Clemens (1835-1910, born in Florida, Missouri), who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain, was a steamboat pilot, journalist, world traveler and renowned lecturer. Above all, he was a skillful essayist and novelist whose lasting contributions to American literature include Tom Sawyer (1875), Huckleberry Finn (1885) and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. "Mark twain" was a term used on riverboats to indicate a water depth of 12 feet - a navigable depth for the river steamboats of Clemens' time. Lightly toned and creased. Tackhead-sized stain, which touches Clinton's handwriting but not Clemens'. Otherwise in fine condition.
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