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    [Samuel Clemens]. Mark Twain Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 6" x 9", no place, no date. He writes: "There is an unwritten law about human successes, & your sister must bow to that law, she must submit to its requirements. In brief, this law is: 1. No occupation without an apprenticeship; 2. No pay to the apprentice. This law stands right in the way of the subaltern who wants to be a General before he has smelt powder; & it stands in everybody's way who applies for pay & position before he has served his apprenticeship & proved himself. Sincerely yours Mark Twain."

    Condition: Flattened folds, with tiny tears occurring at five places which have been repaired with paper tape. Pencil annotation on verso. Evenly toned, with stray spots of foxing.


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    May, 2021
    19th Wednesday
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