Lot 659: ALS in pencil, signed "Saml," two pages on two lightly-lined adjoining sheets, 5 x 8, November 11 . Letter to his wife, in full: "George & I walked over 76 miles yesterday, round about the town, inspecting the outsides of beautiful & costly dwellings, the water-works machinery, the street decorations for the Grant reception, & so forth, & had a good time.—He went west last night & I went to three theatres with a lot of newspaper men; staid but a few minutes at two of them, but saw a whole act at the third. It was the first act of Pinafore, admirably done by children—little children, like ours. The characters were most excellently taken—it was a marvel to see it. The singing was often delightful. I was home & in bed at 10 o'clock. Drank 11 gallons of Appalinaris water & 1 glass of lager during the evening; drank one Scotch whiskey in bed, read 2 hours, & went to sleep without needing the other punch." In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in his own hand. Two days after writing this letter, Clemens delivered an uproarious speech in honor of Ulysses S. Grant at a reunion banquet for the Army of the Tennessee held at Chicago's Palmer House. Concluding with a description of 'the future illustrious commander-in-chief' as a baby 'trying to find some way to get his big toe into his mouth,' Clemens earned the wholehearted laughter of the otherwise stoic general by concluding, 'If the child is but a prophecy of the man, there are mighty few who will doubt that he succeeded.'
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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