John Philip Sousa Typed Letter Signed and Typed Manuscript Signed. Letter: One page, 8.5" x 11", Willow Grove, PA, August 4, 1924. Manuscript: Ten pages, 8.5" x 11", Willow Grove, PA, August 4, 1924. The great composer and band leader sends the following cover letter to Major E. N. McClellan of the Marine Corps's Historical Department. "I am sending with this the article I promised, together with a photograph taken during the time I was with the Marine Band. I hope the Article will suit you. Believe me, Most Sincerely, John Philip Sousa." The letter is accompanied by Sousa's article about his time with the U.S. Marine Band. The article, titled "The Band of the United States Marine Corps" is also accompanied by an original 10" x 8" photograph of the 1891 Marine Corps band, which features Sousa as conductor.

    Letter and manuscript are lightly age toned with occasional moderate soiling; punch holes and pin holes at upper edge. Photo shows light wear; minor damage and a small tear at upper left of very wide margin. A great little Sousa archive in very good condition.

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