In "My Father Mark Twain," Clara tells the story of how Twain would
write but not send letters to vent his anger. She gives the example
(p69-70) of a letter to a man who had written an unsigned review of
Twain's Jamestown, N.Y. lecture in 1870.
Roughly 16 years later, this man wrote to Twain asking for help
obtaining a consulship, to which Twain offered to instead provide a
rope or a burial permit. The critique of Twain's lecture is quite
funny in how it so blatantly missed the point, and I would be tempted
to call it a satire, if not for Twain's letter.
The review is on Stephen Railton's site (scroll down):
Does anyone have any guesses on the identity of the reviewer? I
searched through the letters online at the MTP and didn't have any
luck making the connection, so I thought I would seek out some help.
Thanks in advance,