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"Kevin. Mac Donnell" <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 28 Sep 2006 13:57:34 -0500
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On page 203 of MARK TWAIN, Archibald Henderson says William Lecky pronounced
Mark Twain's accounts of slavery in HF and LonM as the truest ever written.
This is not surprising since Twain had read Lecky's views on slavery and
they had met, but does anyone happen to know what Henderson's (pre-1910)
source for this might be?

Of course, Lecky's influence on Twain and Twain's comments on Lecky have
been widely quoted and written about, but I'm looking for the source of
Lecky's published comments on Twain. Unless I've overlooked something, a
search of Henderson's appendix did not help, nothing in Tom Tenney's
REFERENCE GUIDE, no reviews of Twain's books by Lecky in Lou Budd's book, no
clues in Gribben's long notes on Lecky in MT's LIBRARY, nothing in
Baetzhold, Salomon, Blair, or others I've checked who've written on the
Twain-Lecky connection. I then cast a wider net into the indexes of various
volumes of letters, biographies, etc., and I'm beginning to bog down. The
prospect of having to read at least two of the books Lecky published between
1885 and 1910 is making my pointy little head hurt.

Any clues will be gratefully received, and anyone with the answer will
proably find themselves drinking hard liquor on my dime if they attend the
next Elmira Conference or ever visit Austin.

Kevin Mac Donnell
Austin TX