Lot 656: ALS signed "Gertrude," four pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.5 x 8.25, no date but notated 1908 in pencil. Letter to her old friend Hortense Guggenheimer Moses and her son Dickey. In part: "Many thanks for the three Dickies and the papa and the mama. Seems to me Dickey looks a good deal like his papa Jakie…Please say Merry Christmas to him…and did he eat too much candy like aunty Gertrude…Oh Dickey, you are going but we are never too young to learn. Dickey Dickey listen to the words as they tumble off your wise auntie's pen, never, no never when the merry Christmas time comes round don't you ever eat too much sweet cake and sweet candy and above all Dickey, and let these words sink well into you, don't ever mix up such sweet cake and sweet candy with salt pickles. Dickey a lady what never tells lies tells you that that's a bad way to do…Dickey listen and learn don't you ever never do so." In fine condition, with show-through from writing to opposing sides and a trivial fingerprint at the bottom. A fine example of the distinctive literary style that Stein maintained even in general correspondence.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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