Nov 20, 2014 - Sale 2367

Sale 2367 - Lot 289

Price Realized: $ 1,875
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
THANKING FOR SYMPATHY UPON DEATH OF HIS WIFE TWAIN, MARK. Printed Letter Signed, "S.L. Clemens," to an unnamed recipient ("To whom this shall come"), thanking for words of sympathy. 1 page, 8vo, mourning stationery, with integral blank; horizontal fold. Florence, June 1904

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"For what you have said, I thank you more than I can tell. If I could, I would thank with my own hand and pen each friend who has remembered me and mine with a kindly word of sympathy in this heavy time, but I am not able to do it. Therefore I beg that this general acknowledgement may be accepted as a token of the gratitude, unexpressed & inexpressible, which is in my heart."
In 1903, Twain's family moved to Italy in the hope that the climate would improve the failing health of his wife, Livy, who died in Florence on June 5, 1904, after suffering from a string of illnesses.