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Add to My CitationsTo Augustin Daly
4 May 1876 • Hartford, Conn.
(MS: MH-H, UCCL 01330)
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Hartford May 4.

My Dear Daly:1

One of these days, some where in the future, I may surprise & grieve you by reminding you of that invitation, & proposing to revive it; but I mean to have the modesty to serve a decent apprenticeship before I make such a lofty venture.

I never tried the stage before; but by [rewriting] Peter Spyk, I managed to change the language & the character to a degree that enabled me to talk the one & represent the other after a fashion—but I am not equal to the metropolitan boards yet.

Ys sincerely

Sam. L. Clemens

But mind, I thank you for the compliment of the invitation, anyway.2

altalt

Sam L. Clemens
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1 Clemens answered the following letter (CU-MARK):
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On Daly’s envelope Clemens noted: “Augustin Daly asks me to play Peter Spyk in N.Y.”

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2 Daly replied, on the same Fifth Avenue Theatre letterhead (CU-MARK):
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On the envelope of this letter Clemens merely noted: “5th Ave. Theatre.”



glyphglyphCopy-text:glyphMS, Theatre Collection, MH-H, shelf mark bMS Thr 32.

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