My Dear Seaver:
I would have been there, but I couldn’t. I was careful to let you go on & provide my share of the meal, though, because I knew Hay wouldnt need it. The sort of [belly ] he is sporting, these days, can’t be conducted on single rations, my boy. I was afraid you wouldn’t think of that.1
Now I’m still wroth with you because you didn’t come up here that time. Come & smoke the calumet.
Provenance:Norman D. Bassett, a Madison alumnus, owned the MS by October 1942. He donated his Mark Twain collection to WU on 9 July 1955.
Emendations and textual notes:
belly • bel belly [corrected miswriting]