Monthly Suppers of the Male Teachers of New York at Hotel Albert. Samuel L. Clemens.
Monthly Suppers of the Male Teachers of New York at Hotel Albert.
Monthly Suppers of the Male Teachers of New York at Hotel Albert.
(Twain, Mark)

Monthly Suppers of the Male Teachers of New York at Hotel Albert.

NY: Male Teacher's Association of New York, 1901. 24mo. booklet, signed by Mark Twain in pencil on the front cover. The booklet is a program for the monthly dinner meeting of the Male Teacher’s Association of New York that occurred on March 16th, 1901, most notable for the fact that Mark Twain was one of the principal speakers. The theme of the evening was training students to be good citizens, and Twain’s speech addressed his own interpretation of patriotism. In an April 7, 1901 New York Times article covering the event, it is reported that Twain said, “I would teach patriotism in the schools, and teach it this way: I would throw out the old maxim, ‘My country, right or wrong,’ &c., instead I would say, ‘My country when she is right.’” He continued on, saying, “I would not take my patriotism from my neighbor or from Congress. I should teach the children in the schools that there are certain ideals, and one of them is that all men are created free and equal.” The first page of the booklet is a roster of the association’s officers and members of the group’s glee club, and the second page is the menu for the evening. The third page lists the seven speakers for the evening, including Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain), and the final page lists the Supper Committee members. Laid in is a mimeographed sheet with the club’s annual budget statement. The text is printed in blue, and the booklet is in printed cream wrappers and tied with a blue ribbon laced through the spine. A few spots of soiling and some faint toning to the covers, ribbon shows some wear, else near fine. Item #24724

Price: $2,750.00

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