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    Eugene Field Autograph Letter Signed. Ten pages, 5" x 8.25", "The Den", Columbia, Missouri; circa 1872. A letter to a Miss Stephens written while Field was attending the University of Missouri. In part:

    "You said last Saturday night that it was a real enjoyment to receive and read letters. I am a most benevolent young man (you know it is well to have at the least, one good quality), and I am going to send you these few lines by way of explanation and by way of affording you some enjoyment. What I am anxious to explain is this: Mrs. Sanders told me last night, or rather tonight, that you had heard that I had said Miss Stephens needed two years more practice and teaching to become a good singer. I heard too that you were quite vexed with the remark. This, I believe, is a fair statement of the case as given me by Mrs. Sanders. What I really did say was this; that Miss Stephens ought to take lessons in vocal music not less than three years longer, and at the end of that time, I did not hesitate to say, she would be one of the finest singers in the west. Now you should consider this a compliment. Most young ladies might drill from this time until dooms day and still be but very mediocre musicians. In fact, unless a person be a genius, perfection in music can be attained only with assiduous study. I might tell a vin, foolish girl that she was a Parepa or a Kellogg but when I met with one like yourself, endowed with a good taste for music and a fine voice, I feel rather inclined to encourage that one to a still higher cultivation of the art... Let it be sufficient compliment that I should say that you can well afford to spend two or three years in cultivating your musical taste. I should only recommend such a course to a really talented person. The night is far advanced. These bungling sentences will give evidence to my drowsiness...I hope you do not hate me yet. I like you very much. I do not hesitate to say I admire you. You must at least admire my frankness. I enjoy your society. You are very original. I hate hum-drum people. If you are rebel in your sympathies you have one bluecoat admirer and friend and I don't refer to the Major either. Adieu. I may go to the city tomorrow. Hope to see you soon again. Au revour." Accompanied by a short postscript on a notecard. A very early letter by the noted American writer; housed in a custom slipcase.

    Condition:
    Usual mail folds, lightly toned. Boards have light shelf wear and bumped corners. Otherwise very good.


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