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    Samuel Clemens ("Mark Twain") Letter Signed with Two Holographic Edits in Clemens' Hand. Three pages (written on recto only), 5.75" x 9". Riverdale, N.Y.; November 14, 1902. A letter to Emily S. Hutchings sending advice and encouragement about writing, and discrediting the influence of gender and name recognition in regards to publication. He writes: "I suspect - as you do also - that in these and like matters name and sex are not factors [Clemens adds in his hand nothing counts but the product.] As witness, Jesus, Mahomet, Mrs. Eddy, Mrs. Stowe, Howells, Lowell, Holmes, Harte, Sidney Smith, Hop Smith - all common every day names [Clemens adds in his hand in those people's several habitats], names commonly borne by every body around. It is my belief that being a man can't help the cause any. But there is one thing that may: instead of giving the magazines a chance to reject four out of five of your manuscripts, do it yourself. For many many years that has happened to four out of five of my manuscripts, and there is a ton of ms. in my study to show how many times I got ahead of the magazine editors without their knowing it. Where there is a reasonable doubt in the case of the prisoner at the bar he has to have the benefit of that doubt and go free. When there is a reasonable doubt in the case of a ms. of yours, your instinct detects it every time, and you ought to lay that piece of paper away until some future time, when the right way to treat the subject shall have come to you from that will whose helpful machinery never stands idle - unconscious cerebration. But nothing is really lost: there is always a right way to treat a subject and the u.c. will find it if you give it time; which time will not be short of two years and will often be five. I am speaking from personal experience Sincerely Yours." Signed "S.L. Clemens."
    Accompanied by the original transmittal letter, addressed in the same hand as the letter is written in. Also included is a letter by Clemens' biographer Albert Bigelow Paine to C. Edward Hutchings of Saint Louis (see lot 49211 in this auction). Paine's letter is two pages and is dated July 13, 1912 and requests copies of Clemens' letters to the Hutchings. Emily Hutchings was originally from Hannibal, Missouri and likely a longtime acquaintance of Clemens.

    Condition: Samuel Clemens' letter has flattened folds, with separations occurring at the margins. The paper has toning, but remains very clean with bold ink. The transmittal envelope has been open along the right side, incurring a bit of paper loss. The Paine letter is very clean; its accompanying transmittal letter has light soiling and has been neatly sliced open at top.


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    October, 2016
    19th Wednesday
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