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Autograph Letter Unsigned
Cleveland, Ohio, 1944. Very Good. An approximately 150 word Autograph Letter Unsigned. Three leaves of lined paper written in pencil, each approximately 6" x 9". Folds from mailing with some tears, mild handling wear, overall about good. A crudely written confession from an anonymous writer in Cleveland penned to a Mrs. Nellie Grayson, an approximately 55-year-old African-American woman from South Bend, Indiana. Mrs. Grayson apparently lost her wallet while visiting Cleveland in early 1944 and our anonymous writer found it with a $10 dollar bill inside. Guilt-ridden and miserable, he wrote this letter, largely to clear a guilty conscience, it seems. The author's penmanship and grammar suggests little education. The text reads in part:"I am sixty years old. Have been unfortunate ever since I was 3 years old. Tried hard to be independent and worked until 3 years ago then had to give up and have been sick ever since and alone in the world. So when I found your billfold it seemed like a gift from heaven and when I saw no ad in paper I could not resist the temptation. [...] Now dear Madam if you are not satisfied please insert ad in personal column of Cleveland Press newspaper. Just mention brown billfold of Mrs. N.G. South Bend Indiana. And if I see it I will send you the money. [...] P.S. While I am writing this I am so sick I can hardly breath. If I do not hear from you within 3 or 4 weeks I will take for granted you are satisfied as it is God Bless you."A poignant bit of correspondence.
      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
Last Found On: 2018-02-17           Check availability:      Biblio    

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