A group of three letters regarding social engagements.
Autograph letter signed ("S. L. Clemens"), 2 pages, [Melbourne, ca. late September—mid-October 1895], to Miss Buckley, regrets not being able to attend her social gathering as he was bedridden with a carbuncle: "The society of a carbuncle is full of interest, but to get the fullest enjoyment out of it, one must seclude himself from other society & give all his devotion to that." — Autograph letter signed ("S. L. Clemens"), 2 pages on monogrammed stationery, Hartford, 15 November n.y., to Herbert E. Hill, declining an invitation to a club: "I am a bad Club man; I belong to nly one club (the Lotos) & I never go near that one. I'm a bad dinner-man, too. I hardly ever accept an invitation to a public dinner. I am become old & idiotic, & have grown rigidly stay-at-homish"; traces of a mount on verso of second leaf. —Autograph letter signed ("S. L. Clemens"), 2 pages, bifolium on Farmington Avenue stationery, 10 March n.y. [?1870s], to Mr. McElroy, declines an invitation to lecture: "I have no present idea or intention of ever standing on a lecture platform again"; center fold strengthened upper left corner of first leaf remargined.
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