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R. Kent Rasmussen’s vast learn offers attention-grabbing profiles of the correspondents, whose own tales are frequently as fascinating as their letters. starting from gushing fan appreciations and requests for support and recommendation to feedback for writing initiatives and stinging criticisms, the letters are packed with perceptive insights, pathos, and unintended yet frequently riotous humor. Many are deeply relocating, various are hilarious, a few can be surprising, yet none are dull.
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I wager B—— that you just served within the civil conflict on 148 1881–1890 the accomplice facet, B—— says you probably did no longer serve in any respect. the quantity guess is 40 funds. for those who can be so type and to ship me an early answer, i'll be below many responsibilities. Yours actually H. D. Christian 404 S. eighth St Minneapolis Minn Clemens’s remark: Brer—Tell him I served 2 weeks at the accomplice facet. | SLC Missouri used to be by no means a accomplice kingdom, yet simply because Clemens in brief served in a Missouri military unit shaped via the state’s secession-minded governor because the Civil struggle was once starting, he turns out later to have believed he had served the Confederacy (see letters eighty one and 82). H. D. Christian has no longer been additional pointed out. even if, a 1900 census record for Minneapolis lists a George H. Christian (c. 1839–1918) on the comparable road deal with. A filthy rich flour miller, that Christian may have afforded a forty-dollar wager (“Pioneer Miller Has handed Away,” Duluth News-Tribune, 20 Jan. 1918). 102 York, Pa. Oct. 16/90 Mr. Samuel L. Clemens, expensive Sir:— Your books are possibly extra greatly learn than these of the other writer. Reform doctrines illustrated via one your inimitable tales could sink deep within the minds of your readers. Will you pardon a tenet at the a part of a complete stranger as to a topic on your pen? i'm a unmarried Taxer. i used to be switched over via a cautious examining of “Progress & Poverty” and that i defy any guy to learn it with a brain open to conviction and with a transparent moral sense reject its teachings. To my brain it truly is not anything extra nor lower than a contemporary useful software of the Gospel. I not just urge you to check it to your personal sake but in addition to ascertain the chances of the topic for pathos and humor. i do know out of your tales and speeches that you're a guy with the braveness of your convictions and that i candidly alert you, dont placed your self less than the impact of Mr. George’s magic except you're ready to determine the entire séance. Very respectfully Robt. F. Gibson 1881–1890 Clemens’s remark: suggestion free of charge! Th is letter is considered one of greater than a dozen linking Connecticut Yankee with the only tax despatched to Clemens in October 1890. The letters are so related in content material, they need to were caused via anyone within the flow. growth and Poverty (1879), by way of Henry George (1839–1897), used to be a best-selling e-book that helped win single-tax principles a large following. George argued that imposition of a unmarried tax on land values might get rid of poverty through forcing land proprietors to exploit land extra productively, thereby elevating its worth, expanding employment, and boosting wages. Connecticut Yankee’s illustrator, Daniel Carter Beard (1850–1941), was once a single-tax recommend and labored his perspectives into a number of the book’s illustrations. A Yale graduate, Robert Fisher Gibson (1866–1957) used to be a newspaper editor, lawyer, and later mayor of York, Pennsylvania. In 1903, he was once ordained an Episcopal minister. He used to be afterward the committee that drafted his church’s 1928 prayer e-book (obituary, The dwelling Church 134 : 38; “Diocese of Harrisburg,” The Church average, sixteen Sept.