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8 February 1870 • Buffalo, N.Y.
(MS: CtY-BR, UCCL 00421)
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office “express” printing co.

buffalo, Feb 8 1870.1

dear sir:

in answer i am obliged to say that it will not be possible for me to accept your kind invitation. i shall not be able to lecture again during the present season. thanking you kindly for the compliment of your invitation, i am

yours truly,

sam’l l. clemens.
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agents:

boston lyceum bureau,

20 bromfield street,

boston.

P. S. You must write the “Express” folks about the change of the Weekly—I never go near the office.2

Don’t know what No. of the Broadway that article was in.3

Am just married, & don’t take an interest in anything out of doors.

Give my love to Frank first time you see him or write him.

Yrs

Mark.

Explanatory Notes

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1 Four additional examples of this printed form letter have been found. One that Clemens dated ‘March 1’ but did not personalize, even with the name of its recipient, is not collected here (see Will M. Clemens 1900, 27). For the others, see 16 Mar 70 and 13 Feb 71 to Unidentified, and 26 Apr 70 to Fuller.

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2 John Fuller, of Boston—the brother of Frank Fuller, Clemens’s business and lecture agent in 1867—was probably a cashier at the Merchants National Bank at this time. It is not known under what auspices he invited Clemens to lecture. His second request concerned a change in his subscription to the weekly edition of the Buffalo Express, a gift from Clemens (26 Apr 70 to Fuller; Boston Directory 1869, 251; ‘The Express,’ Buffalo Express, 8 Feb 70, 2; L2, 5–6, 40–42, 53, 60).

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3 ‘Cannibalism in the Cars,’ a macabre sketch about passengers snowbound on a train, apparently written in January 1868, appeared in The Broadway: A London Magazine in November of that year (SLC 1868; ET&S1, 551). For a detailed discussion of ‘Cannibalism in the Cars,’ see Branch, 585–91.



glyphglyphCopy-text:glyphMS, Willard S. Morse Collection, Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University (CtY-BR).

glyphglyphPrevious publication:glyph L4, 64–65; Dawson’s Book Shop 1942, 48, excerpt; a transcription of the form letter, dated 1 Mar 70, was published in Will M. Clemens 1900, 27.

glyphglyphProvenance:glyphdonated to CtY in 1942 by Walter F. Frear.