I've recently been picking around in the autobiography and it has
occurred to me that conversations between these two men, in regards to
politics, may have been a bit "guarded". I just noted a comment Rogers
made to Clemens in a letter sometime around November of 1896, how happy
he was that McKinley had been elected. Just by coincidence I was
reading in the autobiography Twain's conversation with the Russian
revolutionist, Tchaykoffsky,(3/30/1906) his rather scathing comment
combining McKinley, Roosevelt and Jay Gould. "...have quite completely
transformed our people from a nation with pretty high and respectable
ideals to just the opposite of that; that our people have no ideals now
that are worthy of consideration..."
I haven't had the opportunity to read the letters between these two men
but I am given to understand that they were fast friends.