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#672 - O. Henry

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“May the ink in my bottle turn to Old Crow on the day that I hesitate to use it”

Short story writer born William Sydney Porter (1862–1910) known for his use of the surprise ending. ALS signed “Sydney Porter,” two pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.25 x 8.25, February 17, 1907. Letter to Mr. Black, in full: “May the ink in my bottle turn to Old Crow on the day that I hesitate to use it at the desire of you and the still dear ‘World.’ You can bet your variegated sacks that I will send you an Easter story for the sake of old times and present good will. I suppose about 2000 words; and that same time within three weeks or so will be time enough. I am going on a week or 10 days trip about the last of this week, but I can get the story to you sure by the middle of March. Unless you advise me to do the contrary I will consider the time all right. Be glad to do it for you. All sorts of regards.” In fine condition, with erased pencil notations and a spot of soiling. Laced with Henry’s characteristic wit, this letter includes references to both his passion for short-story writing and his appetite for drink, a vice that would ultimately consume him just three years after this letter was written. A crisply signed example from a scribe who remains rare in any format. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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