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Mark Twain to John Henry Riley (3 March 1871 • Buffalo, N.Y. ) “G. A. T. says the Row boys will give him the cold shoulder when he gets back.” [Mark Twain Project Letters]
To John Henry Riley
3 March 1871 • Buffalo, N.Y.
Buffalo, March 3.
I have come at last to loathe Buffalo so bitterly (always hated it) that yesterday I advertised our dwelling house for sale, & the man co that comes forward & pays us what it cost a year ago, ($25,000,) can take it. I Of course we won’t sell the furniture, at any price, nor the horse, carriage or sleigh. I offer the Express for sale also, & the man that will pay me $10,000 less than I gave can take that.
I quit the Galaxy with the current number., & shall write no more for any periodical. Am offered great prices, but it’s no go. Shall simply write books.
Do you know who is the most celebrated man in America to-day?—the man whose name is on every single tongue from one end of the continent to the other? It is Bret Harte. And the poem called the “Heathen Chinee” did it for him. His journey east to Boston was a perfect torchlight procession of eclat & homage. All the cities are contend fussing about which shall secure him for a citizen.6
I mean to store our furniture until I can and build a house in Hartford just like this one.
The latter says Ramsdell went to San Domingo with the U.S. Commissioners for the NY Tribune, & left Washington when his wife was within 2 days of her confinement —& G. A. T. says the Row boys will give him the cold shoulder when he gets back.
God speed you, old boy—I must run back to my wife—she is not well yet by any means.
“SLC to John Henry Riley, 3 March 1871, Buffalo, N.Y. (UCCL 00582).” In Mark Twain’s Letters, 1870–1871. Edited by Victor Fischer, Michael B. Frank, and Lin Salamo. Mark Twain Project Online. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press. 1995, 2007. , accessed 2013-04-29.
BRADY’S National Portrait Gallery, 625 Pennsylvania Avenue, between Sixth and Seventh Streets, Washington, D.C. [National Republican, 11 October 1879]
National Portrait Gallery,
625 Pennsylvania Avenue, between Sixth and Seventh Streets, Washington, D.C.
This gallery contains a collection of American and European celebrities unrivaled on this continent. Portraits of eminent men and women on exhibition and for sale. Old pictures restored and copied to any desired size.
“Samuel L. Clemens” & “Geo. Alfred Townsend” – LOC _ Prints & Photographs Division, Brady Register _ LOT 11446 – 7 Feb 1871 _ p 64
Thank you to Marilyn Ibach at the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress for locating this entry.
LOT 11446 (H):
M.B. Brady’s Register, June 1870-Dec. 1875
George Alfred Townsend, “Table Talk.” [The Literary World; a Monthly Review of Current Literature, Nov. 1, 1884; 15, 11; p. 372]
… George Alfred Townsend, otherwise known as “Gath,” and the author of The Entailed Hat, writes about twenty-one columns a week for the Cincinnati Enquirer, two for the Philadelphia Times, two for the Boston Globe, and two or three a week for the New York Tribune. He sends three columns daily to the Cincinnati Enquirer by telegraph, and his income from the aggregate of his newspaper work is thought not to fall below $50,000 a year. He keeps two assistants, one of whom takes down his dictation in short-hand, while the other does the writing out.
Mark Twain: “…never quite sane in the night.” [“Chapters From My Autobiography. XVII” North American Review, May 3, 1907]
“In my age I should never think of wishing to do such a thing. But in my age, as in my youth, night brings me many a deep remorse. I realize that from the cradle up I have been like the rest of the race – never quite sane in the night.”
“Chapters From My Autobiography. XVII” p. 7, North American Review, May 3, 1907