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After retiring from the ring, former heavyweight champion James Corbett did some acting as well as a little writing for newspapers, as mentioned in this typed letter. The correspondence offers Corbett's work for $1 per week. Corbett has signed the letter in black fountain pen, and his scripting reflects "8-9" quality. The James J. Corbett letterhead, complete with black-and-white image of Corbett, measures 8-1/2" x 12" and exhibits routine mailing fold lines, one of which bears a small tear off the top edge. Otherwise EX/MT appearance. The letter, dated January 20th, 1912, reads in full: "Dear Sir:- - I am supplying a 750 word weekly letter on boxing, over my signature, at the rate of $1 a week. - This is a special letter I am issuing to meet demands of papers in the smaller cities which desire a live sporting feature; it is practically the same high class service I supply the largest dailies, but at a greatly reduced price. - It would prove an interesting and desirable feature for your Saturday edition. - An article on boxing over my signature would appeal to your readers. A newspaper devoting space to sports, if only a few columns, should not overlook this chance to acquire a popular sporting special at such a low figure. - It is a bright, newsy story of important events in professional pugilism, with such comment and criticism as suggested by my judgment and long experience in the ring. - There is a big demand for live literature on this subject. Residents of small cities are forced to subscribe to metropolitan dailies to obtain news in this line. My service will satisfy your readers. - This is a special offer; your acceptance will give you sole right of publication in your city. - I will appreciate a reply at your earliest convenience. - Yours very truly," then signed "James J. Corbett." Auction LOA from JSA.
1912 James Corbett Signed Letter
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