A group of four letters from the 1870s chiefly regarding social engagements.
Autograph letter signed ("Sam. L. Clemens"), 2 pages, Buffalo, 26 October , to Dr. Iretus Gardner, apologizing for a delinquent payment on a bill: "[I]f you enjoy getting out of temper, level it all at me—I don't mind it.—Newspaper abuse has made me callous, & so if I can be useful to you as a target, in further payment of a bill that has run so disgracefully long, my moral alligator-skin is at your service"; light discoloration along folds. —Autograph letter signed ("Mark Twain"), 2 pages on monogramed stationery, Buffalo, 26 December [?1871], to the New York Rural Club, declining an invitation to dinner as he must continue to write articles on farming for Horace Greeley (president of the club) in the New York Tribune; light toning, annotated by the club secretary A. B. Crandell. Lilly/Karanovich 21 — Autograph letter signed ("Saml L. Clemens"), 2 pages on monogrammed stationery, Hartford, 10 December [?1872], to a former St. Louis neighbor, Mrs. Mary Hunter Smith, regrets missing her letter in London, otherwise he would have returned with her package: "I can bring it yet, because I am going back there in May. If you were an Englishman that would be time enough, but Americans are not quite so patient." Together with: holograph envelope. — Autograph postcard signed ("Clemens"), 26 September 1873, to Henry Lee, inviting him to dine with him that coming Saturday.
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