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SAMUEL L. "MARK TWAIN" CLEMENS - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 11/10/1905 - HFSID 3913

MARK TWAIN VOTES FOR THE ELECTION OF U.S. OLYMPIC HEAD TO THE ACADEMY OF ARTS AND LETTERS SAMUEL L. CLEMENS (MARK TWAIN). Manuscript LS: "S L. Clemens", 1p, 4¼x6¾. 21 Fifth Avenue (New York City), 1905 November 10. To the Secretary, Academy of Arts and Letters.

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MARK TWAIN VOTES FOR THE ELECTION OF U.S. OLYMPIC HEAD TO THE ACADEMY OF ARTS AND LETTERS
SAMUEL L. CLEMENS (MARK TWAIN).
Manuscript LS: "S L. Clemens", 1p, 4¼x6¾. 21 Fifth Avenue (New York City), 1905 November 10. To the Secretary, Academy of Arts and Letters. In full: "I desire to vote yea upon the question of electing Mr. William Milligan Sloane as a member of the Academy, to fill the vacancy caused by the declination of Mr. William James." WILLIAM MILLIGAN SLOANE (1850-1928), a longtime professor of history and political science at Princeton University and then at Columbia University, served for over 30 years on the International Olympic Committee. The founder and first president of the United States Olympic Committee, he escorted the first American Olympic team to Athens in 1896. WILLIAM JAMES (1842-1910), psychologist and philosopher, spent his entire academic career at Harvard. He was appointed instructor in physiology in 1872, instructor in anatomy and physiology in 1873, assistant professor of psychology in 1876, assistant professor of philosophy in 1881, professor of psychology in 1889, professor of philosophy in 1897, and emeritus professor of philosophy in 1907. Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an international learned society composed of the world's leading scientists, scholars, artists, business people, and public leaders. From Chapter CCXXXIV of Mark Twain: A Biography by Albert Bigelow Paine: "Life at 21 Fifth Avenue. The house at 21 Fifth Avenue, built by the architect who had designed Grace Church, had a distinctly ecclesiastical suggestion about its windows, and was of fine and stately proportions within. It was a proper residence for a venerable author and a sage, and with the handsome Hartford furnishings distributed through it, made a distinctly suitable setting for Mark Twain. But it was lonely for him." In 1903, Twain and his family had moved to Florence, Italy. On June 5, 1904, his wife Olivia died. They brought her body back to the United States for a funeral. That winter the family took up residence at 21 Fifth Avenue, New York and remained there until the completion of their mansion in Redding, Connecticut in 1908. Slightly soiled. Light vertical and horizontal folds. Otherwise, fine condition.

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