Buffalo, Jan 14.
I dassent. I made up my mind solidly day before yesterday that I would draw out of the Galaxy with the April No. & write no more for any periodical—except, at long intervals a screed that I happened to dearly want to write.1
Yes sir—King William was a mistake & a big one, for it was repeating my a joke—but the way of it was that the idea of doing f of burlesquing the Galaxy portraits was in my head long before the Map, & so I did not recognize the injudiciousness as clearly as I would have done had not that been the case. But it was a big mistake.2
Carleton & I can’t trade, under any circumstances.3
Every Saturday accuses me of writing “a some feeble imitation” of Bret Harte” in the shape of a euchre rhyme about threes & a flush. A pretty grave charge. Mr. “Hi. Slocum” is the habitual plagiarist who did it. So let my us sorrow together., over these Every Saturday villainies.4
Please give my kindest regards to Mrs. Webb.
Samℓ L. Clemens.
Provenance:donated to MoSW about 1960 by the estate of George N. Meissner.
Emendations and textual notes:
grindstone • grind-ǀstone