|Title:||Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) Papers|
|Creator:||Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910|
|Repository:||ECU Manuscript Collection|
|Abstract:||Papers (1889) including framed letter and copy.|
|Extent:||0.22 Cubic feet, One framed letter and copy.|
July 23, 1983, 1 item; Letter (April 10, 1889). Loaned by Ronald W. Hoag, Greenville, N.C., and George W. and Ruth N. Hoag, Needham, Mass.
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Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) Papers (#446), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Processed by S. Morgan, May 1983
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On April 10, 1889, Samuel Langhorne Clemens wrote this one-page letter in response to an invitation to speak at the University of Missouri. Walter Williams, founder of the university's journalism school, had attempted to arrange an appearance by Clemens and Henry Watterson, editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal. Clemens, who was living in Hartford, Connecticut, and engaged in several pursuits, declined. Using characteristic humor and knowledge gained during a recent visit to Thomas A. Edison's laboratory in New Jersey, Clemens quipped: "While Watterson, by himself, is a useless carbon loop, & I, by myself, am a useless wire, we are an electric light when we combine."
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