Hartford Oct 19.
My Dear Cousin:
Your letter arrived last night, & was very welcome.1 We want you to come, & we want it to be under the pleasantest auspices, too. I am up to the chin in work, these days, getting ready for a brief reading-tour which begins Nov. 10 & ends Nov. 23, & so I couldn’t see as much of you as I would like to, until after the latter date;2 but possibly your time is limited & you could not put off your visit so long as that. If that is so, can you come next Wednesday or Thursday? I shall get so well ahead by that time that I shall require a holiday & shall feel perfectly free to take one. If you are not going to be in the East till Nov. 23, I shall depend on you for next Wednesday or Thursday, & shall look for you. Will you just drop me a postal card or a telegram telling me what train you leave New York by, so that I can meet you here at the station? The best train, by all odds, leaves the Grand Central station, New York, every morning at 11 o’clock, & gets here toward half past 2 P. M. I shall have a white handkerchief tied around one of my arms, & when you step from the train, don’t hesitate to put yourself in charge of the first man you meet who bears that sign.3
Samℓ. L. Clemens
Provenance:The letter was presented to the Tennessee Historical Society (THi) in 1947 or 1948 by “two Nashville cousins of both Mark
Twain and ‘Tip’: Joe B. Taylor and his father, the late Bryan Taylor” (Davis 1982, 1-F). Now in the State Library and Archives (T).