Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) Correspondence, 1875-1895
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Brief Description:

This collection contains 22 letters written by Samuel Clemens between 1870 and 1910. The majority of the letters are addressed to Karl Gerhardt and document their personal and business relationship. Topics include the yearly expenses of Gerhardt's education, the Ulysses Grant bust, and the Paige Typesetting Machine. In addition to business matters, Clemens also wrote to inform Gerhardt on the whereabouts and general well-being of their mutual friends, including Augustus St. Gaudens, John Quincy Adams Ward, and Charles Dudley Warner.

Also documented is Clemens’s publications, such as Mark Twain’s Annual 1871, book illustrations, family travel plans, and lecture tours. Other subjects include an unauthorized biography titled “Mark Twain's Lebensgeschichte” that Clemens came across while living at the Hotel Krantz in Vienna, as well as Professor Rudolf Virchow's plasmon powder- a proprietary powdered milk which Clemens highly recommended to his publisher, Andrew Chatto, as a cure for indigestion. In a letter dated February 1, 1987 to Charles Warren Stoddard, Clemens remarked on a contribution of “a school-boy’s compositions upon natural history” for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn made by writer Ambrose Bierce.

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Created by: Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910
Volume: 35.0 Items
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.
Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Bliss, Elisha, 1822-1880.
Chatto, Andrew, 1841-1913.
Clemens, Olivia Langdon, 1845-1904.
Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910.
Gerhardt, Karl, 1853-1940.
Lathrop, George Parsons, 1851-1898.
Sculptors -- United States.
Sculpture, American -- 19th century.
Stoddard, Charles Warren, 1843-1909.
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 -- Correspondence.
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 -- Knowledge -- Commerce.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions:

Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. The Boston Public Library does not hold copyright on the material in this collection. Researchers are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

When reproducing material from this collection please include the credit line "Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/Rare Books."

Acquisition Notes:   This collection was purchased through the Josiah H. Benton Fund, April 1939.
Related Materials: [?], 1874. MS E.9.4 C9

2 A.L.S. to Sylvester Baxter, 28 May and 18 July 1887.  Whitman Mss. 2 (11), (32)

A.L.S. Kate Field, 22 February 1886. MS KF.101

A.L.S. to Kate Field,  [1873].  MS KF Vol. 1 No. 100

4 A. L.S. to Mary E. Phillips , 1901, 1904. MS Am. 1200 (a-d)

A.L.S. to James Redpath, [1872]. A.1770.12

PreferredCitation: Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) Correspondence. MS Acc 532. Rare Books and Manuscripts Department, Boston Public Library. Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/Rare Books.