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#667 - Samuel L. Clemens

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America’s foremost author invests in the newly organized Hartford Dramatic Company

First National Bank of Hartford bank check, 7.75 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Clemens, “Samuel L. Clemens,” payable to Hartford Dramatic Society for $100, May 11, 1875. In fine condition. The Hartford Dramatic Society was formed on February 20, 1875, and published its articles of association in the Hartford Daily Courant on April 20, describing its desire ‘to provide a suitable hall to be used and rented for the giving of entertainments, and other lawful purposes,’ and offering information about purchasing capital stock of the corporation. This concluded with a list of the investors, including ‘Saml L. Clemens,’ who purchased eight shares. A public advocate of the company, Clemens appeared on stage at its first performance to give a monologue. An especially nice association portraying the great novelist as an advocate of the play, a form he very rarely worked in. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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