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Ironic quotation about work penned by Mark Twain to the wife of insurance broker Henry W. Marsh
"Autograph Quotation Signed ?Mark Twain,? 4.25? x 2?, affixed to the lower portion of a 4.25? x 6.5? cabinet card photograph. No place, February 20, 1908. To Mrs. H.W. Marsh. Light soiling. Darkly penned by Clemens. Fine condition.?Let us save the to-morrows for work. Truly Yours Mark Twain. Mrs. H.W. Marsh. Feb. 20/08.?It is ironic that Mark Twain would say this. In ?A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur?s Court,? he wrote: ?The poorest paid architect, engineer, general, author, sculptor, painter, lecturer, advocate, legislator, actor, preacher, singer, is constructively in heaven when he is at work.?Clemens inscribed this advice about work to Mrs. Henry W. Marsh. In 1905, Henry W. Marsh and Donald R. McLennan formed Burrows, Marsh & McLennan in Chicago becoming the world's largest insurance agency. It was renamed Marsh & McLennan in 1906.This iconic photograph was taken in 1904 by J.G. Gessford. On verso is mounted a label: ?Release granted on copyright for newspaper, and magazine reproduction provided credit is given viz: Copyrighted Photo by Gessford, N.Y. This image was used as the frontispiece for the 1923 Gabriel Wells edition of ?Mark Twain's Speeches.? Another label on verso indicates that this cabinet card photograph was purchased from Louis Katz Art Galleries in New York City."
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