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STRICKLAND GILLILAN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 9/3 - HFSID 22395

Amusingly sarcastic reply to a speaking invitation which included no mention of an honorarium: "Evidently you are under the impression that I do this work for the fun I get out of hearing me." Typed Letter signed: "S. G.", 1 page, 7¾x10¾. Washington, D.C.

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STRICKLAND GILLILAN
Amusingly sarcastic reply to a speaking invitation which included no mention of an honorarium: "Evidently you are under the impression that I do this work for the fun I get out of hearing me."
Typed Letter signed: "S. G.", 1 page, 7¾x10¾. Washington, D.C., September 3 (no year). On letterhead of the Shoreham hotel to "My dear Mr. Corliss". In full: "I have your favor of this date, and hasten to reply. To a man who has been listening to such propositions from a strictly business standpoint (as was my talk to the Omtemists [sic] last Qenesday [sic], that having been my money crop for over forty years, your request is a bit puzzling and distressing. Nothing is said about the honorarium. Evidently you are under the impression that I do this work for the fun I get out of hearing me. Successfully entertaining talks are my merchandise. If you will read the reference to me in Kiplinger's 'Washington is Like Than', or the biographical sketches in the various 'Who's Who's', or my speeches in 'Modern Eloquence', you will grasp that I am a professional public speaker, not one who bugles around to the boys for the reward of a meal. Please do not interpret any of this as sarcasm or indignation - nothing is further from my feeling or intention. But it is just as if you had asked Jim Colliflower to 'honor you' with ten or eleven tons of buckwheat anthracite. I shall be glad to address your club, but we shall have to try a new approach. I make special rates for Washington auspices because this happens to be my home. Most sincerely". Strickland Gillilan ((1869-1954) was an American poet and humorist. He is credited with perhaps the shortest poem ever, "On the Antiquity of Microbes", which read simply, "Adam/Had 'em". Despite the wry tone of this letter, Gillian's poems were often sentimental, like his Mother's Day verse, "Reading Mother." Many of his lines, now in the public domain, are reproduced on greeting cards. Creased and toned at edges. Adhesive imprint at top edge. Otherwise, fine condition.

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