TWAIN-L Archives

Mark Twain Forum


Options: Use Forum View

Use Monospaced Font
Show Text Part by Default
Show All Mail Headers

Message: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]
Topic: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]
Author: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]

Print Reply
Hilton Obenzinger <[log in to unmask]>
Reply To:
Mark Twain Forum <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 5 Mar 2004 10:34:12 -0800
text/plain (35 lines)
Hell, 3 months is 1866 -- but can someone entertain the thought of suicide
more than once?

Hilton Obenzinger

At 10:28 AM 3/5/2004 -0800, Robert Hirst wrote:
>Our collective best guess when we published Letters 1 was that Clemens was
>off by a part of year in saying he raised the pistol in 1866. The piece of
>contemporary evidence that might correct the year is his letter to Orion
>and Mollie written in October 1865, especially the last page, in pencil,
>written on 20 October 1865, and in that, especially the last paragraph:
>You are in trouble, & in debt--so am I. I am utterly miserable--so are you.
>Perhaps your religion will sustain you, will feed you--I place no
>dependence in mine. Our religions are alike, though, in one
>respect--neither can make a man happy when he is out of luck. If I do not
>get out of debt in 3 months,--pistols or poison for one--exit me. [There's
>a text for a sermon on Self-Murder--Proceed.] (Letters 1, 324)
>Bob Hirst

Hilton Obenzinger, PhD.
Associate Director for Honors Writing, Undergraduate Research Programs
Lecturer, Department of English
Stanford University
415 Sweet Hall
650.724.5400 Fax
[log in to unmask]