9 February 1870 • Buffalo, N.Y.
(Transcript and paraphrase: Mott 1957, 3:364, UCCL 00422)
. . . .
[paraphrase: Mark Twain . . . had married and settled down at Buffalo in a house which, as he boyishly wrote Colonel Church,] a generous father-in-law has built [& ] furnished at the comely figure of $42,000 [paraphrase: and he had bought an interest in the Buffalo Express, which, he says,] pays me an ample livelihood, & does it without my having to go near it. I write sketches for it, & occasional squibs & editorials—that is all. I don’t go to the office.
. . . .
Mott 1957, 3:364. A footnote indicates that the letter was “dated February 9 .” The date has been abbreviated according to Clemens’s usual practice.
Provenance:The MS is not known to survive. In 1938, it belonged to William Conant
Church’s son, Willard Church, but he was reported to have
“destroyed most of his father’s papers”
before his death in 1944. In 1952, the remaining Church papers belonged to
Willard’s widow (Bigelow, 249, vii; Mott 1957, 3:361, n. 4).
Emendations and textual notes:
Feb. 9. • February 9  [reported, not quoted; the month is spelled out in the usual catalog style]
& • and [also at 65.7, 8 (twice)]