by TWAIN, Mark [Samuel Clemens]
1882. Unbound. Very Good. A small card, approximately 3" x 5", with the author's engraved monogram in red. Paper clip shadow on the left side, as well as a modest paper remnant on the verso where the card was tipped into a scrapbook, just touching the last letter in his signature, else very good. To the author's publisher, using both sides of the card. In full: "Wednesday. My Dear Osgood - All right - shall expect you Friday [word scratched out]. Would have written you sooner, but one of the children has been lying very close to the grave ever since New Years' night, & was not declared out of danger till yesterday evening. Truly Yours, S.L. Clemens." Undated but circa 1882. A little better content than most of Clemens's notes, the tragic theme of his children's mortality played an important role in his life.
(Inventory #: 88777)