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Lot #411
Daniel Chester French

“Any word I have to say ... must be said ... through the work of my hands”

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“Any word I have to say ... must be said ... through the work of my hands”

American sculptor (1850–1931) best known for his monumental historical works, most notably the sculpture that forms the centerpiece of the Lincoln Memorial. ALS, two pages, 8 x 10, personal letterhead, October 8, 1903. French writes to S. H. Church, Secretary of the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh. In part: “Will you kindly convey to the trustees … my sincere thanks for … inviting me to be present at the celebration of Founder’s Day … and to deliver an address on that occasion. I very much regret that it is impossible for me to accept the invitation…. Whatever my vocation in life may be … it is certainly not speaking, and any word I may have to say … to my fellow mortals must be said, however imperfectly, through the work of my hands….” Intersecting mailing folds (vertical fold to middle name), otherwise fine, bright condition. R&R COA.

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  • Dates: #331 - Ended March 12, 2008