Buffalo, Jan. 22.
Please do not publish the note I sent you the other day about “Hy. Slocum’s” plagiarism entitled “Three Aces”—it is not important enough for such a long paragraph.1 Webb writes me that he has put in a paragraph about it, too—& I have requested him to suppress it.2 If you would simply state, without any fuss in a line & a half under “Literary Notes” that you mistook one “Hy. Slocum” (no, it was one “Carl Byng,” I perceive) “Carl Byng” for Mark Twain, & that the form it was the former who wrote the plagiarism entitled “Three Aces,” I think that would do a fair justice without any unseemly display. But it is hard to be accused of plagiarism—a crime I never have committed in my life.
Provenance:deposited at MH-H in 1942 and donated in 1949 by Talbot Aldrich.
Emendations and textual notes:
own good own good • [wavy underscore over straight]