Mark Twain Promotes his "Quaker City" Roommate to His Publisher as a Promoter of The Innocents Abroad

December 28, 1869

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Mark Twain Promotes his "Quaker City" Roommate to His Publisher as a Promoter of The Innocents Abroad
Autograph Letter Signed
2 pages | SMC 1687

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      Dan Slote, Mark Twain's (Samuel Clemens) roommate on the “Quaker City” voyage, has sold about 200 copies of The Innocents Abroad to his friends, and given away about a dozen more. He knows everyone and, Twain maintains, it is his photo in the book that attracts his friends. Twain suggests that Slote be supplied with a stock to keep in his office to sell, and that Bliss provide them at a 40% discount. He is completely trustworthy, Twain insists: “I know Dan Slote pretty well, after traveling 6 months with him.”
       
      In 1878, Slote partnered with Twain in his Kaolatype business - the failure of which caused Twain to regard Slote as a crook.


      Autograph Letter Signed (“Mark”), 2 pages, recto and verso, quarto,  New York City, December 28, 1869. To “Friend Bliss," Elisha P. Bliss, Jr.
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