20 November 1867 • (1st of 2) • New York, N.Y.
(MS: NPV, UCCL 00155)
New York, Tuesday,
W The Quaker City arrived at 10 this morning—I suppose the passengers have been worrying all day, but I got off at once—got introduced to the head Customs Inspector & he passed my trunks without opening them.1 I have been bumming around the newspaper offices all day—the Herald folks got me at 6 o’clock, & notwithstanding I had an engagement to dine at the s St Nicholas with some ladies & take them to the theatre, I sat down in one of the editorial rooms & wrote a long article that will make the Quakers get up & howl in the morning. I did not get through till 10 PM—didn’t go to the theatre, of course.2 I have been trying to get home to the Westminster ever since—just accomplished now, after [midnight. ]—have seen a good many friends, you bet you. When Charles Dickens sleeps in this room next week, it will be a gratification to him to know that I have slept in it also.3
[written across previous paragraphs:]
We were in the Bermudas during the whole of the late awful storm—fortunate, wasn’t it?5
Send the enclosed article to the Republican6—
NPV). The MS is written in pencil on both sides of a single leaf subsequently torn from Notebook 10 and sent. Clemens evidently turned to a part of the notebook not yet used for notes, and he wrote with the notebook inverted (CU-MARK; see N&J1, 453–95). For further details, see the commentary for the next letter.
Provenance:See McKinney Family Papers, pp. 512–14.
Emendations and textual notes:
midnight. • mid-|night. [deletion implied]
to-morrow • to-|morrow