Washington, Nov. 25.
I send the inclosed to show you that I had the will to do that thing—but I haven’t the time.1 I am enrolled as an “occasional” on the Tribune staff, have received a letter from the Herald offering me the same position in that paper, (shall accept if it don’t interfere with the Tribune arrangement)2 & must keep up a Pacific coast correspondence. If you were here we cou to stir me up, we could do the play, sure. As it is, I don’t think I will accomplish anything but my correspondence.
Remember me to the Gov—& to Pauline. I hunted for her & couldn’t find her. She was gone from Amity Place, Ben Bolt.3
224 F street cor. 14 th.
InU-Li).MS of Quaker City play, Josiah K. Lilly, Jr., Collection, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington (InU-Li). Clemens apparently completed only these twenty-eight MS pages (the first two acts) of his untitled play. Act 2 is probably unfinished.
Provenance:donated to InU-Li in 1955. The MS is bound with its original enclosure, the twenty-eight MS pages of Clemens’s
unfinished Quaker City play, transcribed in Enclosure with 25 November 1867 to Charles Henry Webb.
Emendations and textual notes:
F • [partly formed; possibly ‘T’]