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STEPHEN MASSETT - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/12/1898 - HFSID 13883

Autograph Letter signed (1898), to a young woman about to get married Autograph Letter signed: "Steve Massett", 2 pages, conjoined, 5x8 with 2½x1½ newspaper clipping affixed (two surfaces). New York, 1898 May 12.

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STEPHEN MASSETT
Autograph Letter signed (1898), to a young woman about to get married
Autograph Letter signed: "Steve Massett", 2 pages, conjoined, 5x8 with 2½x1½ newspaper clipping affixed (two surfaces). New York, 1898 May 12. To Alice Dunning, in full: "I knew very well, when you told me last summer, at your brother in Law Tom Jordan's country club -, that you were going to be 'an old maid' - it was not so! For how could a young, pretty, charming & wealthy girl like yourself fail to be caught! And who is the 'Star' who has at last dazzled you? Was he afraid of your dear Father, or Mother? Or a new luminary? Do tell me - for you must know I have interest in all things pertaining to your dear Parents & brother. [2 words illegible] I send thousands of Congratulations to your old address 37 W. 38, where I believe your brother Wilbur resides. I hope you well get it for I have both your flat address you gave me - and your Aunts. Wishing you every happiness, I remain very sincerely your old friend". Clipped article, a newspaper wedding announcement, affixed at top of p1. English-born Stephen Massett (1820-1898) emigrated to the US in 1838 and journeyed on to California during the Gold Rush. Already in 1849 he was giving one-man shows in San Francisco, among the first professional performances there. He also edited the Marysville (California) Herald. Massett composed popular ballads, including "When the Moon on the Lake is Beaming." He entertained President Lincoln in the White House, the two men swapping humorous imitations after the show. He published an autobiography, Drifting Along: What "Jeems Pipes of Pipesville" Saw-and-Did. ("Jeems Pipes was his stage name.) Normal mailing folds. Transfer stain from newspaper clipping at lower section. Otherwise, fine condition.

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