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Clemens, S.L. [''Mark Twain'']
TWO AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED (“S.L. CLEMENS”), TO ANDREW CHATTO, JR
The first asking him to accompany him and his family to buy bicycles on Regent Street, the second thanking him “for the trouble you have taken for us about those bicycles”, 2 pages, integral blanks, mourning stationery, 8vo, [London], 20-22 November 1896, with one autograph envelope, [with:] three further letters on the same subject by Jean, Clara, and Olivia Clemens, 8 pages, 23-30 November 1896
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Get a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live. (Mark Twain)

The Clemens family resided in Chelsea from the autumn of 1896 to the following June. It was a period of deep distress for the family, following the death of Samuel and Olivia's daughter Susy in August. With the help of Andrew Chatto, Jr, his British publisher's son, Clemens and his family acquired 'Swift' Safety Bicycles. With equal-sized wheels and a chain-drive, these machines were much easier to ride and safer than the Penny Farthing, which Clemens memorably described learning to ride in 'Taming the Bicycle', and were also considered more suitable for women.

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