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Clemens, Samuel L.
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Clemens, Samuel L.
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 2,188 USD
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Clemens, Samuel L.
Autograph letter signed ("Your loving son | Saml"), 6 pages (7 1/8 x 4 1/2 in.; 182 x113 mm), York, England, 20 July [1873], to his mother-in-law ("Mother Dear"), Olivia Lewis Langdon, describing the delights of the English countryside.
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Literature

Mark Twain's Letters (eds. L. Salamo and H. E. Smith), 5:419–420

Catalogue Note

An epistolary travelogue vividly colored with romantic impressions. Clemens begins the letter by saying he and Livy have made no social engagements since leaving London, and therefore have benefited from a full day of rest and quiet. They will soon travel to Edinburgh but, "[f]or the present we shall remain in this queer old walled town, with its crooked, narrow lanes that tell us of their old day that knew no wheeled vehicles; its plaster & timber dwellings with upper stones far overhanging the street, & thus marking their date, say 300 years ago; the stately city walls, the castellated gates, the ivy-grown foliage—sheltered, most noble & picturesque ruins of St. Mary's Abbey, suggesting their date, say 500 years ago, in the heart of crusading times & the glory of English chivalry & romance; the vast cathedral of York, with its worn carvings & quaintly pictured windows preaching of still remoter days; the outlandish names of streets & courts & byways that stand as a record & a memorial, all these centuries ..."

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