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From Xerxes Fine and Rare Books and Documents (Glen Head, NY, U.S.A.)

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Intriguing letter from Sam of 16 pages (pages are 4-1/2 x 7 inches). Easy to read. Addressed to "My dear Mother" but it appears from the text to have been his prospective Mother-in-Law as he is asking for the hand of her Edith in marriage. Sam says he will be able to provide very well for Edith indicating his dental practice in St. Petersburg makes $12,000 a year ("I've had this splendid dental business for years ") but then later on his stresses how little money he has ("I wish I had a lot of money not so much for myself but for others but I HAVE NOT GOT ANY OR VERY LITTLE" (Sam has these words underlined twice). (Does Edith's mom expect a dowry? It is a bit confusing.) He mentions also that he buys and sells Russian Antiques in New York City and that he has other business activities in Russia but that these activities have not gone well ("I have to put in more money to go on so need I add that I've closed up my outside affairs with my usual luck, loss. no use to go into details. ") VG. Bookseller Inventory # a87593

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