Lot 619: Samuel L. Clemens

RR Auction

RR Auction

2015-08-21 10:52:41

Lot 619: Bank check, 7.75 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Clemens, "Samuel L. Clemens," payable to his brother Orion Clemens for $82, July 26, 1875. Endorsed on the reverse by Orion. In fine condition, with expected bank stamps and trivial toning. The letter sent with this check can be found in volume six of Mark Twain's Letters, playfully criticizing the $25 for 'pew rent' that Orion had listed among his expenses. Clemens warns that it would be better to stay away from church than to borrow money to rent a pew. The subject is also brought up in Mark Twain's Autobiography, in which he wrote, 'I told him to change his religion and sell the pew.' RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460 Wednesday, 16th September 2015 Estimate: $1000-1500
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