Mark Twain Discovers His Newfound Celebrity Status Upon his Return from His "Quaker City" Voyage

December 13, 1867

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Mark Twain Discovers His Newfound Celebrity Status Upon his Return from His "Quaker City" Voyage
Autograph Letter Signed
2 pages | SMC 1681

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      Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) realizes that his letters about the voyage of the Quaker City excursion to Europe and the Holy Land have made him better known as a writer than he’d imagined; perhaps he’s made a mistake in deciding not to lecture right now. Still, he's preparing a new lecture -“The Frozen Truth”- which he thinks he'll like better than the old one, and if asked to speak by the Correspondents Club, he'll trot it out. If it goes over, he could be tempted to accept invitations by the likes of the YMCA. He is, he declares, already dead tired of being in one place so long –  he  just might “take a ‘disgust’” and head for California.


      Autograph Letter Signed ("Sam Clemens"), 2 pages, octavo, 224 F Street, Washington, D.C., December 13 [1867]. To Frank Fuller.
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      224 F street 
      Wash. Dec. 13

      Dear Gov:

      I believe I have made a mistake in not lecturing this winter.  I did not suppose I was any better known when I got back than I was before I started - but every day I find additional reasons for thinking I was mistaken about that.  I have prepared a new lecture which I think I shall like better than the old one, when I shall have finished amending 

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      it.  The Correspondents’ Club have threatened to call me out for a speech for the benefit of their widows & orphans, & if they do I shall respond -- say any time within the next 2 or 4 weeks.  If it made anything of a hit, I should be tempted to receive proposals from Young Men’s Christian Ass.’s & such like.  Because I am already dead tired of being in one place so long.  I have received 2 or 3 calls lately from N. Y. & Indiana towns.  When are you coming down ?  I might take a “disgust” any moment & sail for Cal. 

      Lovingly,

      SAM CLEMENS.