Buf—A May 20.
Appleton wants me to furnish a few lines of letter fr press for a humorous picture-book—that is, two lines of remarks under each picture. I have intimated that if the pictures & the pay are both good, I will do it. What do you think of it? I thought that inasmuch as half the public would think I made the engravings as well as did the letter-press, it would be a unique & splendid advertisements wherewith to boost the “Innocents.” ‸I am to see proofs of the pictures before I contract.‸ 1
[letter docketed:] Mark Twain ǀ May 20/70 ǀ Author
Provenance:The MS evidently remained among the American Publishing Company’s
files until it was sold (and may have been at that time copied by Dana Ayer;
see Brownell Collection in Description of Provenance). An Ayer handwritten
transcription and a typed transcription are at WU. Sold in 1993 to an
unidentified purchaser (Sotheby 1993, lot 214).