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Rick Talbot <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 26 Jul 2011 20:13:06 -0500
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Please see Kent Rasmussen's Critical Companion to Mark Twian Volumes One and
Two, pages 439, 855-856, 900, for further color background to Ricahrdson and
his association with Clemens.

Rick Talbot
Saint Paul, Minnesota
The place Where Nothing Is Allowed

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Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 6:03 PM
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Subject: Albert Deane Richardson

See the letter from SLC to Bliss, 2 Dec 1867, in Mark Twain's Letters,=20
2, available online at

"But I know Richardson, & learned from him, some months ago, something=20
of an
idea of the subscription plan of publishing."

[Note:] Albert Deane Richardson (1833=9669), a journalist and western=20
became chief war correspondent for the New York Tribune in 1860.=20
Captured at
Vicksburg while attempting to run past the Confederate batteries with=20
two other
reporters, he escaped from a Southern prison eighteen months later.=20
After the
war he compiled two books incorporating his Tribune dispatches: The Secre=
Service, the Field, the Dungeon, and the Escape (1865), which had a sale =

of one
hundred thousand copies, and Beyond the Mississippi (1867), which sold
seventy-five thousand copies by late 1869. Both books were published and =

sold by
the American Publishing Company (=93Albert D. Richardson,=94 New York=20
Tribune, 3
Dec 69, 1). Clemens=92s conversation with Richardson =93some months ago=94=
occurred in January 1867, for on 2 February he said in his letter to the =

that =93Richardson is hard at work on his new book concerning the Far Wes=
published in mid-1867 as Beyond the Mississippi. Richardson=92s current=20
for the American Publishing Company, which would bring him to=20
Washington, was A
Personal History of Ulysses S. Grant (1868).

Harriet Smith