Mark Twain's Letters — Volume 5 (1901-1906)

By Mark Twain

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...MARK TWAIN'S LETTERS 1901-1906

VOLUME V.

By Mark Twain


ARRANGED WITH COMMENT BY ALBERT BIGELOW PAINE





XL. LETTERS OF...

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...was to take
was Plasmon, an English proprietary remedy in which...

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...a willing audience in Twichell. The mention of his
"Private...

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...all. When I
search myself away down deep, I find this out. Whatever a man feels...

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... ...

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... nothing more nor less than petroleum. Upon reading the "notes,"
...

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... S. L. CLEMENS.


For...

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...take on the dignities and gravities and
inertia proper to that season of honorable senility which...

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...money which I had soiled, and I wouldn't trust them
with it, anyway. They would devote...

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...hardly discommoded
myself. Otherwise the weather has been of the sort you are familiar with
in these...

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...pages of
it--contain more meat, more sense, more literature, more brilliancy,
than that whole basketful of drowsy...

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...and we all know it.
Our insanities are of varying sorts, and express themselves in varying
forms--fortunately...

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...over they go, now! There is a day--two
days--three--during which no Ruler would be safe from...

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...manage
that? By gagging every witness and jamming him into a dungeon for life;
by abolishing all...

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...of his correspondence.


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To Miss Picard, in St.-Die, France:

...

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...intellect and the spirit of good
will; other distinctions, hereditary or acquired, do not count.

May I...

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...'02.

DEAR JOE,--"After compliments."--[Meaning "What a good time you gave
me; what a happiness it was to...

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...God.

And so he shirked. Shirked, and arrived at this handsome result:

Man is commanded to do...

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...fiery splendors from a fair and flowery mountain that nobody had
supposed was a sleeping volcano,...

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... time will agree that it was justified then, and will appreciate its
...

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...he was going to send it to me
by his boy; (3) that the boy would...

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...his passing spirit to less serious affairs. I found him
strangely intelligent, considering his condition and...

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...had had before; it also softened my feelings toward
him, and also my tone, which had...

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...quite a brilliant
situation here till he refused to partake 'dans une afaire onereuse',
so it seems....

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...that
I was particularly the right or best person for the office, but because
I was not...

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...It will be a long time before she is on her feet again. It is
a...

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... ...

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...how highly I value it, both for its own sake
and as a remembrances of an...

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...from the intellect are plagiarisms, pure and simple; and the
lesson ought to make us modest....

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...to her mother, who for
more than 7 months has been ill in bed and unable...

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...to sail southward this morning--and here is this weather!
I am sorry. I think it's a...

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...the past 8 months until our expenses are now 125 per cent.
greater than our income."

It...

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...among the villas
for us in the regions near that city. It seems early to do...

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...of seven years. The
second letter was, in some way,...

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...much to wrong because he didn't know the right one
when he saw it?

13. Can you...

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...crazily
put together out of the very refuse of the romance-artist's stage
properties--finished it and took up...

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...and honorably
intended, can wreck our repute and extinguish our friendships.

I hope that no society will...

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... ...

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...any like utterance
received by her these thirty years and more. I was going to answer
it...

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... beautiful place with a south-eastern exposure, looking out toward
...

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...taken so seriously by their fellow craftsmen. It seems to be the
unconventional man who is...

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...achievement, the achievement
of putting something into literature that was not there before, is, I
should think,...

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... ...

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... ...

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... Yours ever,
...

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...letter to
Twichell, however, we learn that Mark Twain's work was
...

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...go in from time to time, every day
and trade sass for a look. The central...

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... ...

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...matter of his confessions.


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To W. D. Howells, in New York:

...

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... Louis where he (Clemens) had delivered a lecture which Stanley had
...

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... ...

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...sublime; let us
enjoy it, let us make the most of it today--and bet not a...

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... VILLA DI QUARTO, FLORENCE,
...

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...and I shall go back to my prayers
again--unutterable from any pulpit!

...

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...medal for good conduct if there hadn't
been so much corruption in Missouri in those days;...

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... ...

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... ...

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...having received Clemens's letter: "I cannot
speak of your wife's having...

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... S. L. C.


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To Rev. J. R. Twichell, in Hartford:

...

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...themselves in a house which they had
taken on the corner...

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... ...

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...the glorifying of base acts: in public political
life the reverse of all this.

McKinley was a...

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...see him.

...

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... ...

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... ...

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...into the back yard whenever it gets in the way;
and whenever he smells a vote,...

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...and the inventor of it. Yet, at heart, no man loved his
...

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...I hold it a duty to publish it. There are other difficult
duties which I am...

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...and
make life harder for as many more. But the addition to righteousness? Is
that discoverable? I...

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...old friends.


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To St. Clair McKelway, in Brooklyn:

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...FIFTH AVE. Sunday, March 26, 1905.

DEAR COL. HIGGINSON,--I early learned that you would be...

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... ...

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...up to think of them. Would
you like me to come out there and cry? It...

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... ...

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...struck out 700 words and inserted 5 MS pages
of new matter (650 words), and now...

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... it, and announced that he would show it to the Czar.


...

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... ...

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...which case it will go in the fire. Later I will try
again--and yet again--and again....

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... ...

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...with my help. One was named Buffalo
Bill.

Are you interested in coincidences?

After discovering, about the middle...

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...it, what work he had done and what were his plans for another
...

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...strikes it; you may set
it on any New York door-step of a June morning and...

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...to
sky-line with the richest dyes the autumn can furnish; and when they lie
flaming in the...

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...has
been my working time for 35 years; to have a holiday in it (in America)
is...

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...up to
1.66 apiece; I bought none of them, they were all presents, they are an
accumulation...

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...his excitement asked if my grandfather also was of record and
authentic. I said he was....

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... backward and to record some memoirs of his long, eventful past. The
...

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...really ceases to feel young--I mean, for a whole day at a time. My
love to...

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... MARK.


It must have been a...

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... PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL

...

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...do this work wholly without compensation?

...

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...the house will think I knew all about it, but forgot. Could you find
out for...

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... HUGH GORDON MILLER,
...

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... The lecture was given in Carnegie Hall, which had been gayly
...

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... MARK TWAIN.


There came another...

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...my heirs and
assigns burnt alive if they venture to print it this side of 2006
A.D.--which...

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...White so.

After "After the Wedding" I read "The Mother" aloud and sounded its
human deeps with...

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... ...

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...what he said was
"his only poem." He read the...

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...billiard table, as a Sabbath breaker can beat any coal-breaker in
Pennsylvania, and give it 30...

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...been a long time arriving. Many
years ago you docked me on an article because the...

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... They
had him scheduled for a speech, however, which he...

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...letter to "Uncle Joe" by hand. "Uncle Joe" could not give him the
...

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...poor and lame way of accomplishing it.
Last year I proposed a sane way--one which I...