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Clemens, Samuel Langhorne
Autograph Letter, signed ("Mark") to his friend John MacAlister, on securing the return of his copyrights from Bliss and a guaranteed income from Harper's
New York, 1903. 5 pp. pen and ink on laid paper, folded bifolium letterhead of The Grosvenor, Fifth Ave. & Tenth St., and an added sheet. 1 vols. 8vo. 'gone where the woodbine twineth'. Excellent and substantial Clemens letter, to John Y. MacAlister (1856-1925), Librarian and Secretary of the Royal Society of Medicine, and a pioneer in education for librarians in Britain. MacAlister was a friend Clemens and a fellow investor in Plasmon. Reading in part: "Thank you for ever so much for the statistics. . Whenever my dividend is ready, let it go to Florence. I shall be able to give you the address about 10 days hence, I think . We learned by cable 4 or 5 days agao that we had secured a villa . All superstitions fail in a dry time. I have long been intending to write you & Bergheim, but superstition forbade me until I should succeed or fail in my effort to concentrate all my books in a single house. I give up. . I was dazed, dead, & of no use to you & your boy, when I ought to have been alert and alive, & brimming with interest and comradeship - well, I am still in the same situation. It has lasted more than 4 months, & still those Harpers are obstructing the settlement" Clemens outlines the basic terms of the agreement: "Harper & I were to buy from Bliss my contracts in 8 books for $50,000, I paying half . & Harper the same. . Harper to guarantee me not less than $25,000 a year for five years." There was a catch in the fine print concerning ownership of certain titles in the event of failure. Clemens was pragmatic: "Mr Rogers refuses to listen to that parenthesis up there but … [Click Below for Full Description]
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