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Clemens, Samuel L.
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545
Clemens, Samuel L.
Estimation
8 00012 000
Lot. Vendu 5,938 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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Clemens, Samuel L.

A good group of four autograph letters to his daughter Jean, written in the summer of 1907:

Autograph letter signed ("Good-bye, dear child ... With loving hugs & kisses —Father"), 6 pages, Tuxedo Park, New York, 14 May 1907, announcing that he will travel to England to receive an honorary degree from Oxford and that he wore white clothes day and evening at Annapolis, calling it "a delightful impudence." Together with: holograph envelope; soiled. — Autograph letter signed ("Father"), 3 pages, London, 23 June 1907, reporting that he has met the King and Queen and that he will sail home 13 July. Together with: holograph envelope; soiled and frayed along left margin. — Autograph letter signed ("Father"), 2 pages, London, 4 July 1907, discusses his speaking engagements but that his schedule is fatiguing. Together with: holograph envelope; light toning, torn along right margin. — Autograph letter signed ("Father"), 2 pages on Brown's Hotel stationery, London, 12 July 1907, announcing his departure for home the next day and that he messages for Jean and Clara from Bram Stoker. Together with: holograph envelope. Light toning.


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Description

The Clemenses youngest "cub," Jean, was born 26 July 1880, She was neither as precocious as Susy nor as independent as Clara.  She had a passionate love of animals and aptitude for languages. After Clara married, Jean joined her father at Stormfield as his secretary.  She had been subject to epilectic seizures since the age of sixteen, but the episodes worsened following her mother's death in 1904.  She had a seizure on Christmas Eve day during her morning bath and drowned. It was the last of bitter tragedies for the aged Clemens, and he swore to write no more after he completed "The Death of Jean" for his autobiography.

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