Description: Mark Twain (1835-1910), born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, remains one of America's most beloved authors and humorists. Greatly admired for his wit and creativity, his best-known works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The latter is often referred to as "The Great American Novel."
Cuyler Reynolds (1866-1934) was a well-regarded journalist and author who was named the Albany City Historian; his best-known work is the Albany Chronicles. At the turn of the century, he was also curator and director at the Albany Institute of History and Art.
This letter, dated April 10, 1901 and addressed to Reynolds from Twain, is accompanied by its original transmittal envelope. It is clearly a reply to Reynolds, and it reads: "Dear Sir, There is a most solid obstruction: if I wrote it it would be the property of the Harpers. But I couldn't write it anyway, as I am already a little overloaded with work. Sincerely Yours, SL Clemens". The letter's sight is 5 1/4" x 4"; it is archivally matted with a portrait to 13" x 17". Item #A00288.
Condition: Someone penciled in the year 1901 to the date on the letter (the year is valid, according to the transmittal envelope). There is a small smudge of ink in the blank margin on the lower left. Otherwise very good.