Toronto, 1885. Item #97-9788
Two sheets of off-white laid paper, 9 x 5.5, written in pencil, each sheet partly mounted on reverse (from old autograph album?), folds else a nice example of a friendly letter to his friend "Brooks". The letter reads: "My Dear Brooks -- The both of us thank you most heartily for your kind offer, but to our great regret we have got to lose the opportunity. Business matters will keep me in New York till the latest moment; & besides, the platform is an exacting damned institution, & does not permit me to eat anything aftr 2 o'clock p.m. -- have to talk on an empty stomach always. But I hope you will give me a chance to look at you that night & have a shake of your hand for old friendship's sake. Sincerely yours S.L. Clemens." COA: R&R.