[ Cyril Clemens, editor of the Mark Twain Journal. ] Typed Letter Signed to military historian Barrie Pitt, informing him of his election as 'A Knight of Mark Twain'. With photocopy of letter from Winston Churchill to Clemens, inscribed to Pitt.

Cyril Clemens [ Cyril Coniston Clemens ] (1902-1999), editor, Mark Twain Journal [ Barrie Pitt (2006), military historian; Winston Spencer Churchill ]
Publication details: 
Clemens' letter to Pitt is dated 5 May 1978. On his letterhead as editor of the Mark Twain Journal, Kirkwood, Missouri. The photocopy is of a Churchill letter dated from 10 Downing Street, 25 October 1943.
SKU: 17413

ONE: Typed Letter Signed from Clemens to Pitt. In good condition, with light signs of age and wear. Expansive signature in blue ink. Letterhead with printed quotations from President Ford, Carl Van Doren, William Faulkener, Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Message reads: 'Dear Barrie Pitt | In recognition of your outstanding contribution to Biography, you have been unanimously elected, in succession to the late Captain Basil Liddell Hart | A KNIGHT | of | MARK TWAIN'. TWO: Photocopy of letter from Churchill to Clemens. In fair condition, with creasing and wear to one edge. Inscribed at head 'To Barrie Pitt, a great Englishman | Who may not have known that M.T. took the Chair | Greetings fm Mark's Kinsman | Cyril Clemens'. Photocopy of a Churchill letter, expressing his 'thanks to the International Mark Twain Society for their Gold Medal, which has been handed to me by Mr. Philip Guedalla'. Churchill recalls that Twain showed him 'much kindness when I visited New York as a young man by taking the Chair at my first public lecture and by autographing copies of his works, which still form a valued part of my library'. Part of the photocopy is a note by Clemens at the foot of the page, stating that Churchill joined the Society on 14 July 1927, 'and always took a keen intrerest in its activities'. THREE: Carbon copy of typed letter from Pitt to Clemens, 25 May 1978, expressing thanks at the 'honour just bestowed upon me', and referring to his 'old mentor and most generous friend Captain Sir Basil Liddell Hart'. Cyril Clemens was third cousin twice removed of the writer.