Lot #624
Samuel L. Clemens Autograph Letter Signed

Beset by "plans & projects & other obstructions," Mark Twain declines an invitation
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Estimate: $2000+


Beset by "plans & projects & other obstructions," Mark Twain declines an invitation

ALS signed “S. L. Clemens,” one page, 4.75 x 7.75, Riverdale on the Hudson letterhead, [April 1, 1901]. Handwritten letter to "Miss Howard," in full: "I thank you very much for your kind invitation, which is certainly enticing, but unfortunately for me my plans & projects & other obstructions will not allow me the privilege of accepting it. You must forgive my tardiness—I have been South a month, & have since been over-burdened with arrears of work." Nicely matted with a portrait to an overall size of 14 x 11. In fine condition. Among the items keeping Clemens busy was a lawsuit against the Butler Brothers for infringement of trademark and copyright, for their unauthorized publication of a volume entitled 'Library of Wit and Humor by Mark Twain.'

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Animation
  • Dates: #620 - Ended November 10, 2021

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