June 20, 2013 08:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


Carson City, Nevada Territory Cover & ALS from Orion Clemens, Plus

Orion Clemens (1825-1897). First (and only) Secretary of the Nevada Territory (1861-1864); brother to Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain, 1835-1910). ALS, 1p, on Territory of Nevada / Secretary's Office letterhead, dated at Carson City, August 15, 1863, addressed to Cyril Hawkins, County Clerk of Esmerelda County, regarding a bill for transcribing updated laws. Accompanied by the original Territory of Nevada envelope and the $1000 bill for services rendered, paid and stamped February 5, 1864.

Orion Clemens was appointed Secretary of the new Nevada Territory following Abraham Lincoln's inauguration in 1861, likely due to his connections to Attorney General Edward Bates, under whom Clemens had studied law in St. Louis years earlier. Younger brother Sam accompanied him and worked in the local mining and newspaper industries, using the pen name Mark Twain for the first time while writing for the Territorial Enterprise in Virginia City, NV, in 1863. Twain published a semi-autobiographical account of his experiences in Nevada titled Roughing It in 1871.

Provenance:Descended Directly in the Family of Cyril Hawkins

Condition:Very good condition.

Estimate: $300 - $500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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