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    Southern Author Joel Chandler Harris Typed Letter Signed, 1 1/4 pages, 5" x 8", Atlanta, Georgia, June 9, 1905, to R. U. Johnson, New York City. The letter reads in part: "...In the early spring the University of Pennsylvania suggested that it would like to confer upon me the degree of Doctor of Letters, but when I discovered that it would be necessary for me to be on hand in person and wear some kind of a cassock, I simply sawed wood and said nothing, and the degree that was to have been conferred on me was handed out to Emperor Bill, of Germany-- and much good may it do him! I thought, and still think, that it would avail me nothing to be a doctor of letters unless it would enable me to doctor my own stuff...". Typed on a personal letterhead upon which is a rabbit logo cleverly formed by the initials "JCH". With original stamped cover. Collector's small notation in pencil, else excellent condition.
    Harris, a Georgia native, drew upon local black folklore to create his celebrated Uncle Remus stories. His tales, though once hugely popular worldwide, are quite out of fashion today. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.

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