New PDF release: Mark Twain's correspondence with Henry Huttleston Rogers,

By Mark Twain, Lewis Leary

This number of correspondence among Clemens and Rogers might be considered a continuation of Mark Twain's Letters to His Publishers, 1867-1894, edited via Hamlin Hill. It completes the tale started there of Samuel Clemens's enterprise affairs, specially insofar as they crisis dealings with publishers; and it records Clemens's growth from financial ruin, with the Paige typesetter and Webster & corporation, to renewed prosperity below the regular, skillful hand of H. H. Rogers. 
But Clemens’s correspondence with Rogers unearths greater than a enterprise courting. It illuminates a friendship which Clemens got here to worth particularly others, and it indicates a profound swap in his styles of dwelling. He who in the course of the Hartford years were a loyal relations guy, content material with a discrete circle of intimates, now turned back (as he were in the course of the Nevada and California years) a guy between carrying males, having fun with prizefights billiard suits in public, and—in private—long days of poker, gruff jest, and strong Scotch whisky aboard Rogers’s fabulous yacht.

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1 On 6 March 1894 Rogers had received a power of attorney from Clemens. On 9 March, using that power, Rogers assigned all of Clemens's property to Mrs. Clemens, including rights in the Paige machine and copyright on his books (CWB). On 8 March 1894 Urban H. Broughton had written Clemens (CWB): "I am in receipt of your esteemed favor of 6th inst, enclosing two copies of agreement between yourself and the Paige Compositor Mfg. Co. I will execute and return the same to Mr. " Details of the agreement, other than those set forth in letter 10, have not been discovered.

Rogers think, for a while, that he wanted the assignment prevented—but I haven't a doubt that that was merely a momentary weakness on his part; the moment he saw the rigorous 24 December 1893-February 1895 attitude of the Mt. Morris Bank his sanity returned to him & we precipitated the assignment (SLC to OLC, 20 April 1894; LLMT, p. 299). He hoped that Mrs. Clemens had met Rogers's daughters, "Mrs. Duff and Miss May," who were then in France: "There aren't any better girls than they are; that I know.

A memorandum dated 9 March 1894 CCWB) explains that "Mr. " A penciled notation in CWB reveals that Stoker made one payment of $50 on 5 March, a second on 5 May, 1894. , S. L. Clemens order for 10 shares Paige Compositor Co. stock which I agree to forward to Lyceum Theatre, London, as soon as received from Chicago. (Signed) H. H. " 14. CLEMENS TO ROGERS At Sea 8 March 1894 S. S. New York 1 Dear Mr. Rogers: How would this scheme do? Benjamin, Bliss 2 and Clemens to join teams on the Uniform December 1893-February 1895 41 Edition on the basis of a third of the profits to each; Benjamin to furnish the capital and Bliss to do the work.

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