Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) Papers, 1889

Manuscript Collection #446

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) Papers
    Creator: Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1889) including framed letter and copy.
    Extent: 0.22 Cubic feet, One framed letter and copy.
  • Description

    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."

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    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.

    Acquisition Information

    Loaned by Ronald W. Hoag
    Loaned by George W. and Ruth N. Hoag

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) Papers (#446), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by S. Morgan, May 1983

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

Preliminary Inventory

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