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    Samuel Clemens Autograph Letter Signed "SL Clemens". One page, 5.5" x 8.5", February 18, Hotel Royal, Berlin, Germany, written to "C & W" (Chatto & Windus Publishers). In part: "Who is Mr. Kingscote? He keeps writing me. If an answer is due him, I will furnish it-otherwise not. . . . In a week I shall be well enough to travel-no, in 10 days. Then I shall go to the Riviera for my health. I haven't seen the 'Idler' yet." Under the signature at the foot of the page, Clemens has written, "Address after end of February, c/o Brown Shipley & Co. Drexel Harjes & Co., Paris." Clemens has drawn a line through "c/o Brown Shipley & Co. Drexel Harjes & Co."

    Also included in this lot is a postcard (5.5" x 3.5") signed "A. F. Kingscote" and addressed to "S. Clemens, Esqr./ (alias Mark Twain)/ Hotel Royal/ Berlin", postmarked February 16, 1892, two days before Clemens' letter. The postcard reads in part: "I sincerely trust that you are getting better. my letter of 4th reached you quiet safely, I trust? It will give me great satisfaction to hear from you yrself [sic] soon how you really feel." Clemens' letter to his publisher shows his concern about receiving such an intimately written postcard from the unfamiliar Mr. Kingscote.

    Clemens' own letter was likely written while he was still in bed recovering from his illness. That winter, Clemens had been the center of Berlin's attention; he had visited the Kaiser earlier in the month. Earlier in February after delivering a lecture, he had caught an onerous cold which developed into pneumonia. Idler, the play Clemens had not yet seen, was written by Australian-born author Charles Haddon Chambers. Clemens' letter has some separations at folds, some which have been repaired on verso. Both items are toned and in very good condition.


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