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11 June 1870 • Elmira, N.Y.
(City Book Auction, lot 130, UCCL 09890)
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[Elmira, June 11.]

[Send] for us half past [eleven] tonight—Erie Depot.1

[Sam.] L. Clemens.


[Mrs. Ellen White
472 Delaware Ave.

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1 Clemens and Olivia must have taken the Erie Railway’s “Day Express,” which departed Elmira at 7:07 p.m. Since even a passenger train required only about four-and-a-half hours to reach Buffalo, and Buffalo’s “free delivery system” provided for several mail deliveries each day, Clemens knew that this directive to White, the family housekeeper, doubtless sent on the 9:35 a.m. “Mail Train,” would arrive in ample time for her to have the family carriage waiting at the depot (“Railways,” Elmira Saturday Evening Review, 11 June 70, 7; “The Letter Carrier System,” Buffalo Express, 4 June 70, 4).

glyphglyphCopy-text:glyphCity Book Auction, lot 130. The auction catalog describes the MS as “Autograph Letter Signed. 1p. Sm. 4to. Elmira, June 11. . . . To Mrs. Ellen White, 472 Delaware Ave. Buffalo.”

glyphglyphPrevious publication:glyph L4, 150.

glyphglyphProvenance:glyphThe present location of the MS (sold in 1943 by City Book Auction) is not known.

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Elmira, June 11. • [reported, not quoted]

[] Send • [no ¶] Send

eleven • leven

Sam. • Sam’l

Mrs. . . . Buffalo. • [reported, not quoted]