1 November 1866 • Virginia City, Nev.
(Virginia City Territorial Enterprise, 4 Nov 66, UCCL 00109)
Virginia, November 1.1
Gentlemen:Your kind and cordial invitation to lecture before my old friends in Carson has reached me, and I hasten to thank you gratefully for this generous recognition—this [generous toleration], I should say—of one who has shamefully deserted the high office of Governor of the Third House of Nevada and gone into the Missionary business, thus leaving you to the mercy of scheming politicians—an act which, but for your forgiving disposition, must have stamped my name with infamy.
I take a natural pride in being welcomed home again by so long a list of old personal friends, and shall do my level best to please them, hoping at the same time that they will be more indulgent toward my [shortcomings ]than they would feel called upon to be toward those of a stranger.
Kindly thanking you again, gentlemen, I gladly accept your invitation, and shall appear on the stage of the Carson Theatre on Saturday evening, November 3d, and disgorge a few lines and as much truth as I can pump out without damaging my constitution.
P. S.—I would have answered yesterday, but I was on the sick list, and I thought I had better wait a day and see whether I was going to get well or not.
L1, 364–365; “Card from Mark Twain,”
Sacramento Union, 6 Nov 66, 2; Benson, 200.
Emendations and textual notes:
Rice • Ric [e]
generous toleration • genrous toleration
shortcomings • shortcomiugs
Independent Opposition • Indep[e]nen Op ǀposition
Islands • [I]slands