2 pages, 8vo, with original envelope addressed by Kipling. KIPLING DISPUTES THE ORIGINS OF HIS FAMOUS CHARACTER, PRIVATE MULVANEY. Kipling responds to a report that an American soldier, Private McManus, is claiming to be the original Terence Mulvaney: "...I should be loath to interfere with a fellow romancer's trade...at the same time this seems to me rather a daring game to play for Terence alone of living men knows the answer to the question: 'How did Dearsley come by the palanquin?'...If Private McManus can answer it...he will prove that he has some small right to be regarded as Mulvaney's successor. Mulvaney he can not be. There is but one Terence and he has never set foot in America, and never will." " /> KIPLING, RUDYARD. Autograph letter signed ("Rudyard Kipling") to Winfield S. Moody, Vermont, 14 June 1895. <I>2 pages, 8vo, with original envelope addressed by Kipling</I>. KIPLING DISPUTES THE ORIGINS OF HIS FAMOUS CHARACTER, PRIVATE MULVANEY. Kipling responds to a report that an American soldier, Private McManus, is claiming to be the original Terence Mulvaney: "...I should be loath to interfere with a fellow romancer's trade...at the same time this seems to me rather a daring game to play for Terence alone of living men knows the answer to the question: 'How did Dearsley come by the palanquin?'...If Private McManus can answer it...he will prove that he has some small right to be regarded as Mulvaney's successor. Mulvaney he can not be. There is but one Terence and he has never set foot in America, and never will." | Christie's