[The following email was written by David Carkeet. I am posting it on his
Most Forum members are aware of Susan Bailey’s book THE TWAIN SHALL MEET
(co-authored by Deborah Gosselin), which sets forth the theory that Susan
is Samuel Clemens’s great-granddaughter. As many of you know, I have been
researching this claim and the support cited for it, both documentary and
genetic. I have finished the study, and unfortunately my conclusion is that
Susan was mistaken in her belief. I have written up my findings, and the
report has just been posted on twainquotes.com.
The report is written for the general reader unfamiliar with the subject,
so it is both an introduction to the story and a consideration of the
evidence. In the course of my work, I had massive help from many Twainians,
almost all of them named in the report at one point or another, but a
special thanks goes to Barb Schmidt for her steady and insightful
Thanks too to these collections for permission to publish previously
unpublished photos and documents: Burton Historical Collection, Detroit
Public Library; Kevin Mac Donnell, Mac Donnell Rare Books, Austin, Texas;
L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Brigham Young University; Mark Twain
House and Museum, Hartford; Mark Twain Project, Bancroft Library,
University of California, Berkeley.
If you have questions about the report, I will be happy to answer them.
--David Carkeet [log in to unmask]