A lot of great information here. I am much obliged. If I remember correctly--I think I read it in Kaplan's biography of Whitman--the money that was supposed to go toward the horse and buggy Whitman used to build his tomb; it doesn't get much better than that.
I would love to see Clara's marked-up copy of LOG. What a great piece to have! Does anyone know if Sam's copy contains any marginalia?
From: Jon Wainwright <[log in to unmask]>
To: TWAIN-L <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Mon, Jan 7, 2013 4:35 pm
Subject: Re: Twain/Whitman
Twain also contributed ten dollars in 1885 to a fund established to
purchase a horse and buggy for a by then increasingly infirm Whitman.
Twain's letter accompanying the gift appears, along with many other
letters to and from Whitman, in WALT WHITMAN THE MAN by Thomas Donaldson
(NY: Francis P. Harper, 1896).
Twain wrote (p. 174):
Elmira, Augusts 26, 1885
Dear Mr. ____:
(Ten dollars inclosed)
I comply instantly, with thanks for letting me in. I have great
veneration for the old man, and would be glad to help pay for his
turnout's board, year after year, and buy another when it fails.
Jon Wainwright, Ph.D.
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On 1/7/13 10:09 AM, "Kevin Mac Donnell" <[log in to unmask]>
>Clara Clemens owned a 1908 edition of LEAVES OF GRASS, signed by her
>her marriage to Ossip in 1909, heavily marked by Clara at an unknown date
>(owned by me). Twain wrote a letter praising Whitman when expressing
>that he could not attend a birthday dinner in honor of Whitman (published
>CAMDEN'S COMPLIMENT TO WALT WHITMAN, 1889, pp. 64-5). I seem to recall
>Twain mentions Whitman in one of his autobiographical dictations, but I
>no citation --just a distinct memory.
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>> Did Twain own a copy of Whitman's Leaves of Grass?? Anyone have
>> ook handy and can check?? Much obliged.=20
>> Dustin Zima
>> Quincy University
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