Auction Date:2012 May 16 @ 18:00 (UTC-5 : EST/CDT)
Location:5 Rt 101A Suite 5, Amherst, New Hampshire, 03031, United States
ALS signed “S. L. Clemens,” one page, 3.75 x 6, black-bordered personal letterhead, February 24, 1906. Letter to Govinier C. Hall of the Hall-Truman Furniture Company. In full: “I am old, now, or nearly that, & shall not travel any more otherwise I would accept & with pleasure and alacrity. My most sincere thanks for the book. I like the illustrations more than I can tell. They are bright, graceful & humorous & eloquently competent, without help of those mendicant aids, violence, distortion & extravagance. God bless this artist and try to forgive the other kind.” In very good condition, with some scattered light ink staining and spots, old tape to blank second integral page, and a bit of light surface scuffing affecting first initial of signature. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in another hand.
Despite his claim here that he was now “old” at age 70 and unwilling to burden himself with travel, Clemens spent much of his final years on the road, often as a guest of honor or featured speaker. He also busied himself with preparing his eclectic autobiography, something he was finishing work on at his Fifth Avenue home when he declined the Hall-Truman Furniture Company’s gracious invitation. Though Mr. Hall undoubtedly was disappointed by the author’s response, the illustrator came away with a much more positive feeling, earning not only God’s blessings but those of Clemens as well!