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Alan Kitty <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 30 Nov 2012 16:35:20 -0500
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Actually, cadets from the Citadel firing on Ft. Sumter set those events into motion. Without the Civil War, Clemens might never have left the River Boat, and mark twain would only be two fathoms. 

Alan Kitty

On Nov 30, 2012, at 4:04 PM, Robert E Stewart wrote:

> Accepting the toast with a glass of Smithwick's Irish lager, I make a  
> different tie between Twain and Lincoln.
> In appointing Sam Clemens' older brother Orion Clemens as Secretary of  
> Nevada Territory in 1861, President Abraham Lincoln set in motion a series of  
> events which led to Samuel L. Clemens developing into Mark Twain. Thus I  
> consider Twain to be Abraham Lincoln's great gift to American Literature.
> Bob Stewart
> In a message dated 11/30/2012 12:17:30 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,  
> [log in to unmask] writes:
> I just  poured a neat little glass of Bushmill's Honey (A drink that Twain
> would  surely approve), and I am drinking a virtual toast with most of you
> for the  Lincoln of our literature, whose views are as relevant today as
> they were a  hundred years ago. Bottoms up!
> Terry Ballard
> Author and  Leisure Studies Manager
> Author of the book  "Google this"
> "My memory has a mind  of its own."

Alan Kitty
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