Jack London Typed Letter Signed. One page, 8.5" x 11", Sonoma, California, September 18, 1906. In response to an inquiry about the main character in his story The Unexpected (McClure's, August 1906), London sent this letter to Reverend R.F. Johonnot. The story was based on newspaper reports which offered an account of the double murder committed by Michael Dennin and of his subsequent hanging by Mrs. Nelson and her husband Hans. London's letter reads, in part: "No, I never met Mrs. Nelson. She was tried before Commission [sic] Malcolm at Juneau in the Spring of 1900, and of course, promptly acquitted. . . . You can get all kinds of interesting information concerning Mrs. Nelson and my story, from the following papers: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer for July 28 and July 29. And the Seattle Sunday Times, for July 29. Sincerely yours, Jack London." Letter bears London's ink stamped "Glen Ellen" address at upper right, and is lightly age toned. Unfortunately, London has added the handwritten date "1906" beneath his signature and drawn connecting lines to the newspaper story dates, which cross his signature in two places. Minor edge damage at upper right. Jack London letters are not often seen, and those discussing his stories and characters are particularly desirable. Fine condition.

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