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Inventory of the Samuel L. Clemens - Frances N. Winzer Papers, 1907-1910
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In June, 1907, Samuel Clemens travelled to England, where he was to receive an honorary degree from Oxford University. One of his shipmates for the Atlantic crossing was Frances (Nunnally) Winzer (c. 1892-1982), the daughter of J. H. Nunnally, an Atlanta candy manufacturer. The teenaged schoolgirl and the 71-year-old author became acquainted and, discovering that they were staying in the same London hotel, Clemens escorted the young girl he called Francesca on visits and social calls. Back in the United States, their friendship continued and Frances became one of several honorary grandchildren to Clemens, who had lamented that he had reached the grandfather stage of life without grandchildren of his own.
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