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19 December 1870 • Buffalo, N.Y.
(MS: CtY-BR, UCCL 02783)
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Buf. 19th.

Dear J. H.—

All is well with us, I believe—though for some days the baby [ has was] quite ill. We [ cond consider] him nearly restored to health now, however. Asky my [ bo brother] about us—you will find him at Bliss’s publishing office where [he] is gone to edit Bliss’s new paper.—left here last Monday.1 Make his & his wife’s acquaintance. Take Mrs. T. to see them f as soon as they are fixed.

Livy is up, & the prince keeps her busy & anxious these latter days & nights, but I am a bachelor up stairs & don’t have to jump up & get the soothing-syrup—though I would as soon do it as not, I assure you. {Livy will be almost certain to read this letter.}

Tell Harmony (Mrs. T.) that I do hold the baby, & do it pretty handily, too, although with occasional apprehensions that his [ h ] loose head will fall off. I don’t have to quiet him—he hardly ever utters a cry. He is always thinking about something. He is a patient, good little baby. And

Smoke? I always smoke from 3 till 5 on Sunday afternoons—& in New York the other day I smoked a week, day & [night. But] [when Livy] is well I smoke only those 2 hours on Sunday. I’m “boss” of the habit, now, & shall never let it boss me any more. Originally, I quit solely on Livy’s account (not that I believed there was the faintest reason in the matter, but just as I would deprive myself of sugar in my coffee if she wished it, or quit wearing socks if the she thought them immoral), but& I stick to it yet on Livy’s account, & shall always continue to do so, without a pang.2 But somehow it seems a [pity] that you quit, for Mrs. T. [didn’t] mind it if I remember [rightly]. Ah, it is turning one’s [back] upon a kindly Providence to spurn away from us the good creature he sent to make the breath of life a luxury as well as a necessity, enjoyable as well as useful, to go & quit smoking when there ain’t any sufficient excuse for [it. Why] my old boy, when they used to tell me I would shorten my life ten years by smoking, I they little knew the devotee they were wasting their puerile words upon—they little knew how I trivial & valueless I would regard a decade that had no smoking in it! Ha! But I won’t persuade you, Twichell—I won’t until I see you again—for but then we’ll smoke for a week together & then shut off again.

I would have gone to Hartford from New York last Saturday3 but I got so homesick I couldn’t. But maybe I’ll come soon.

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No, Sir, catch me in a the metropolis again, to get homesick.

I didn’t know [ Warren Warner] had a book out.4

We send oceans & continents of love—I have worked myself down, to-day.

Yrs always


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1 On 12 December, that is, while Clemens was in New York.

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2 See 13 Jan 70 to OLL.

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3 December 17.

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4 My Summer in a Garden (3 Jan 71 to Twichell, n. 1).

glyphglyphCopy-text:glyphMS, Joseph H. Twichell Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University (CtY-BR).

glyphglyphPrevious publication:glyph L4, 275–649; MTB, 1:417–18, excerpts; MTL, 179–80, with omission; LLMT, 139, brief excerpt; MTMF, 143 n. 1, brief excerpt.

glyphglyphProvenance:glyphIt is not known when Twichell’s papers were deposited at CtY, although it is likely that he bequeathed them to the university upon his death in 1918 (L2, 570).

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has was • h was

cond consider • condsider

bo brother • borother

h[partly formed]

night. But • night.— [B]ut [obscured by glue]

when Livy • w[he]n [Li]vy [obscured by glue]

pity • [white diamond]ity [torn]

didn’t • [white diamond]idn’t [torn]

rightly • [rwhite diamond]ightly [torn]

back • [b]ack [torn]

it. Why • it.—|Why

& • & & [rewritten for clarity]

weeks.}[deletion of period implied]

Warren Warner • Warrenrner