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Clemens, Samuel L.
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT
516
Clemens, Samuel L.
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Clemens, Samuel L.
Autograph manuscript signed ("M.T."), with autograph note signed (S. L. Clemens"), one page written on the back of an envelope, Quarry Farm, [Elmira, New York], 2 July 1895, to Clara Spaulding, being a contract to meet a million years hence; somewhat soiled and discolored.
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Catalogue Note

twain on immortality: a contract to meet in the year 1,001,895. The three-stanza poem was drafted on this envelope and then transcribed on to three rocks for the wife of Rev. Thomas K. Beecher, who had asked Clemens: "Now, Mr. Clemens, if you meet me in heaven a million years from now, will you confess yourself wrong?" The poem is Clemens's humourous contract with Mrs. Beecher. Clemens has added a note to family friend Clara Spaulding Stanchfield: "Livy says it is this rough old original draft that you preferred. I didn't understand & I beg pardon. This looks too disreputable. My purpose was to have a nice trim comely copy made for you."

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