CLEMENS, SAMUEL LANGHORNE. 1835-1910.

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 3306
CLEMENS, SAMUEL LANGHORNE. 1835-1910.

US$ 3,000 - 5,000
£ 2,400 - 4,000

Fine Books and Manuscripts

23 Jun 2010, 13:00 EDT

New York

CLEMENS, SAMUEL LANGHORNE. 1835-1910.
Autograph Letter Signed ("SL Clemens"), 2 pp, 8vo (conjoined leaves), Florence, March 20, 1893 to Mrs Janet Ross, few very pale spots, matted and framed to 11 1/2 by 13 1/2 inches.

Fine, graphic, and humorous Mark Twain note to a fellow Anglophone in Italy, apologizing that a trip to America necessitates a delay in dining together. Janet Ross explains in her book, The Fourth Generation, 1912, that she and her husband were frequent companions of the Clemens family in Italy at this time. In February 1893 her cousin Sir William Markby and his wife were visiting.
In full: "It was my purpose to run in & indulge my pleasure in the society of Sir William & my Lady a little more, & I count it a loss that I failed of the chance; but my time has all been taken up in clearing the decks for America. I shall go over and pay my dinner-call the moment I get back from America. This seems unprompt; but I have a trained conscience, & I quiet it by telling it I am on my road to pay it now, merely going by the way of New York and Chicago for the sake of variety, & because it is much more creditable to go 8,000 miles to pay a dinner-call than it is to go a mere matter of 600 yards. Aufwiedersehen--"
See illustration.
Auction information

This sale is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future sales, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this sale, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armor, Coins and Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, Wine & Whisky

27.5% on the first $3,000 of the hammer price;
25% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of $3,000 up to and including $400,000;
20% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of $400,000 up to and including $4,000,000;
and 13.9% of the hammer price of any amounts in excess of $4,000,000.

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.