455
455
Clemens, Samuel L.
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 11,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT
455
Clemens, Samuel L.
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 11,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Clemens, Samuel L.

A group of four letters to William Wright (a.k.a. Dan De Quille) and one holograph bill.

Autograph letter signed ("Sam L Clemens"). one page, San Francisco, 17 September [1864], regarding the sale of his furniture, notes that he doesn't work nights anymore at the San Francisco Morning Call; a few tiny holes in fold creases; light staining and soiling on verso. — Holograph bill made out to Clemens and Wright, one page on ruled paper, Virginia [City, Nevada], 13 December 1864, for rent of rooms 28 October 1863–28 November 1864; soiling and staining on blank verso, several fold separations. — Autograph letter signed ("Sam L. Clemens"), one page on a half sheet of ruled paper, San Francisco, 14 July 1865, being a letter of introduction for Dan Setchell; discoloration along fold creases. — Autograph letter signed ("Mark"), one page bifolium on monogrammed stationery with Farmington Avenue imprint, Hartford, 1 May n.y. [1875], declares Dan has enough material for two books, invites him to write one of them at Nook Farm, and advises him not to have the blues; light soiling to blank leaf. — Autograph letter signed ("Mark"), 2 pages, Hartford, 17 September [?1875 or 1876], asking Dan to tell Bonanza banker kings Fair, Mackey & O'Brien to send the "begging letters" to Clemens from time to time, adding that he destroys the names and addresses on such letters. Together with: holograph envelope signed "Mark Twain"); envelope stained and soiled.


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Catalogue Note

Two Comstock journalists. Dan De Quille is the pseudonym of William Wright, a Nevada journalist who wrote humorous pieces  for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise. At the end of 1862, Clemens was hired to fill in for De Quille who was planning a long visit with his family in Ohio. As shown by the bill from Daggetst, the pair hit it off immediately and became roommates; They divided responsibilities at the newspaper with De Quille specializing in mining news and Clemens focusing on other matters.

As evidenced by the letter of May 1875, Clemens invited De Quille to come to Hartford to write a book. He arrived in June and stayed several months working on a history of Nevada's gold and silver mines, The Big Bonanza. Clemens arranged to have his book produced by his publisher, Elisha Bliss of the American Publishing Company (see lot 480).

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