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Crockett, David “Davy”. Extremely rare autograph letter signed, December 24, 1834.

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Crockett, David “Davy”. Extremely rare autograph letter signed, December 24, 1834.
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32. Crockett, David "Davy". Extremely rare autograph letter signed ("David Crockett"), 1 page (10 x 7.5 in.; 254 x 191 mm.), Washington City, 24 December 1834. Written to: "Mesrs Cary & Hart" - Messrs. E. L. Carey & A. Hart, Crockett's Philadelphia publishers. Tipped to another sheet at the top margin. Crocket writes in full: Gentlemen your favor of the 20th Inst. came safe to hand and I saw Mr. Asgood and obtained his permission agreeable to your request and here enclose his letter to you [not present] which I hope will be agreeable to your wish. I have written and taken to Mr. [William] Clark 55 pages of my new Book. Mr. Clark sais it will do excelent for him to work upon and he sais he will make you a Book that will fill expectation. Excuse hast I am your obt servt David Crockett. Several books have been attributed to Crockett, most notably the best-selling A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett (1834). The book referred to in this rare letter is the sequel, An Account of Col. Crockett's Tour to the North and down East, which was published in 1835, and also enjoyed a wide success. Crockett prided himself on his lack of formal education - he once said that correct spelling was "contrary in nature" and grammar was "nothing at all"; perhaps that is why his letters bear little resemblance to his so-called autobiographical writings, whose authorship is questioned. This remarkable letter confirms the fact that Crockett was a very bad speller. It also confirms that Crockett took an active part in contributing to his own books - with the aid of "ghost-writer"/editor Mr. William Clark. $12,000 - $15,000