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    Hudson Maxim Two Typed Letters Signed. 1. One page, 8" x 10.5", Brooklyn, N.Y., February 11, 1907, to "Mr. Maxwell" concerning an invitation to "our little annual reception."
    2. One page, 8.5" x 11", Landing, New Jersey, September 1, 1910, to "Mr. Schultze" concerning Maxim's recently published book, The Science of Poetry and Philosophy of Language. Very fine.

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    Hudson Maxim was an American inventor, chemist, and author, though perhaps best known for his invention of smokeless gunpowder. Written on personal letter head, Maxim's 1907 letter laments the passage of time: "Old 1906 in particular has apparently come and gone with the speed of an automobile at a cup race.  Why this haste? I propose a mass meeting to importune Father Time to slow down a little-- at any rate not to try to break his own speed record each year with us as passengers." In the 1910 letter, also written on personal letterhead, Maxim writes of the complimentary copy of his book being sent to Mr. Schultze: "This is the first time, I believe, that the subject of poetry has had scientific and impartial treatment. I believe that the book discovers very important fundamental truths, and that it will shorten the path and lessen the labor and expense in the acquirement of some very useful knowledge to men and women of letters, teachers and public speakers, and will lead many out of a maze of misconception."

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