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Clemens, Samuel L.
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LOT SOLD. 1,875 USD
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505
Clemens, Samuel L.
Estimate
2,5003,500
LOT SOLD. 1,875 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Clemens, Samuel L.
Autograph letter signed ("Mark Twain"), 2 pages (7 x 4 1/2 in.; 178 x 116 mm), Cadenabbia, Lake of Como, 29 May [1892], to an unnamed German admirer, thanking and praising him; marginal soiling, splits at horizontal folds. Together with: a silver gelatin photograph of Clemens writing in bed (10 x 8 in.; 252 x 202 mm), New York, n.d., by Underwood & Underwood; some fading.
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Provenance

Undesignated consignor (sale, Sothebys, 10 June 1994, lot 42)

Catalogue Note

Twain on free speech. Twain thanks a German admirer and praises America's tolerance on its soil of foreign cultures. Clemens acknowledges a compliment paid him and reciprocates by writing, "You pay me a stately compliment indeed, when you join me to the great procession of German authors & say (in effect), scripturally, 'Wahrlich, du bist auch einter von dene; denn deine Sprache verräth dich'" [Truly, you too are one of them as your language reveals]. Clemens lauds his correspondent's desire to preserve his native language in his American home "and keep it alive in the family along with our American tongue. My sympathies could not fail these, for this movement of yours, so publicly & trustingly expressed, is a high compliment to our free institutions. There are countries where it is a punishable crime for the alien subject to use the speech that was born to him, but in America we do not care what tongue a man talks; for we know that the sentiment back of the words will be American, everytime — & deep & strong, too."

THE JAMES S. COPLEY LIBRARY: ARTS & SCIENCES, INCLUDING THE MARK TWAIN COLLECTION

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