Mark Twain's Letters, 1876-1880: Volume 2, 1877

By Mark Twain Project

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Volume 2: 1877
Edited via the
Mark Twain Project
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University of California Press
by the
Mark Twain undertaking of The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California

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Y. (MS, correspondence card, in pencil: Sotheby’s, ny, October 1996, #01455) 1 2 three four five 6 7 eight nine 10 long island, July 19. SLC Susie pricey, Your doll is called Hallelujah Jennings. She early suffered a stroke of a few type, & because that day all efforts of the simplest physicians have did not take the stiffening out of her legs. they are saying incessant bathing is the one factor which can supply her eventual aid. Her baby, Glory Ann Jennings, is sickly & needs to be b by no means be bathed. She cries a great deal in a quiet approach, but when you pinch her face jointly you could range the expression & make her smile, after a sickly model. Hosannah Maria’s baby, (named Whoop-Jamboree), is the same. I ship the kids with their moms. I kiss you all. Papa. 1877—page 108 To Olivia L. Clemens 27 July 1877 • ny, N. Y. (MS, in pencil: CU-MARK, #01456) 1 2 three four five 6 7 eight nine 10 eleven 12 thirteen 15 sixteen 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Friday Eve. Now, my darling, for the 1st time I contemplate that I’ve received a carry 'iday. And first thing I do with it's to jot down to my sweetheart. Isn’t that praiseworthy? To-day’s practice session went alongside lovely satisfactorily; yet I detect that once an actors starts with getting a note =or an emphasis= incorrect, you’ll put on your soul out prior to you get him corrected. Now on the first practice session, this stuff happened, to-wit: Mrs. Plunkett—Little did i believe, while I shied the skittle at his head—&c I—Skillet, madam, skillet, please! Mr. Plunkett—We 's timbered her up, & then stoped stopped her up =out=—&c I—StOped, please! Mrs. Plunkett—It used to be preforeorDEStinated previously. I—Take that emphasis clear of there & positioned it at the moment syllable of the final word—beFOREhand! Mrs. Plunkett—This so much momentuous party— I—MomentAry, madam! etc & so on. on a daily basis i've got made the standard corrections=. , over & ov Mrs. Plunkett is the worst previous idiot I ever observed, other than the Mrs. Plunkett in Baltimore—both are wonderful actresses, with excessive reputations. they're lack of understanding long gone to seed. nonetheless i've got basically misplaced my mood or thrice. i believe we have a very good solid. Mr. Fawcett was once to have performed Ferguson, a miner, yet we have previous Davidge, a guy far better recognized. The “second miner” (Boston,) is taken by way of Vining Bowers, who has a wide reputation—I proposal he used to be one of many nice males of the earth while i used to be a boy. The “third miner” (the ' vV =igilantè judge), goes to play his half deliciously. Our omit Tempest is particularly beautiful, incredibly ladylike & sophisticated, & has not anything in the slightest degree stagey or unnatural approximately her. Mrs. Tempest is a really effective, huge, good-looking lady of fifty, with a delightful voice & method, & no stage-frills or fo offensivenesses. Mrs. Plunkett is up to fifty five, & goes to play her half good. omit Plunkett should have been created for her half. She is 1877—page 109 SLC to Olivia L. Clemens, 27 July 1877, contd. 15 sixteen 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 forty forty-one forty two forty three forty four forty five forty six forty seven forty eight forty nine a superbly sincere, kindly, honest, coarse, vulgar, low-born English wench, huge, nobly equipped, with a gorgeous reasonable face, reasonable complexion, & an opulence of golden tresses.

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