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Dustin Zima <[log in to unmask]>
Sat, 12 Jan 2013 13:38:37 -0500
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A lot of great information here.  I am much obliged.  If I remember correctly--I think I read it in Kaplan's biography of Whitman--the money that was supposed to go toward the horse and buggy Whitman used to build his tomb; it doesn't get much better than that.  

I would love to see Clara's marked-up copy of LOG.  What a great piece to have!  Does anyone know if Sam's copy contains any marginalia?        



-----Original Message-----
From: Jon Wainwright <[log in to unmask]>
To: TWAIN-L <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Mon, Jan 7, 2013 4:35 pm
Subject: Re: Twain/Whitman

Twain also contributed ten dollars in 1885 to a fund established to
purchase a horse and buggy for a by then increasingly infirm Whitman.
Twain's letter accompanying the gift appears, along with many other
letters to and from Whitman, in WALT WHITMAN THE MAN by Thomas Donaldson
(NY: Francis P. Harper, 1896).

Twain wrote (p. 174):

      Elmira, Augusts 26, 1885
Dear Mr. ____:
    (Ten dollars inclosed)
  I comply instantly, with thanks for letting me in.  I have great
veneration for the old man, and would be glad to help pay for his
turnout's board, year after year, and buy another when it fails.

              Truly yours,
                    S.L. Clemens

Jon Wainwright, Ph.D.
Austin, TX
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On 1/7/13 10:09 AM, "Kevin Mac Donnell" <[log in to unmask]>

>Clara Clemens owned a 1908 edition of LEAVES OF GRASS, signed by her
>her marriage to Ossip in 1909, heavily marked by Clara at an unknown date
>(owned by me). Twain wrote a letter praising Whitman when expressing
>that he could not attend a birthday dinner in honor of Whitman (published
>CAMDEN'S COMPLIMENT TO WALT WHITMAN, 1889, pp. 64-5). I seem to recall
>Twain mentions Whitman in one of his autobiographical dictations, but I
>no citation --just a distinct memory.
>Mac Donnell Rare Books
>9307 Glenlake Drive
>Austin TX 78730
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>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Dustin Zima" <[log in to unmask]>
>To: <[log in to unmask]>
>Sent: Sunday, January 06, 2013 7:56 PM
>Subject: Twain/Whitman
>> Did Twain own a copy of Whitman's Leaves of Grass?? Anyone have
>> b=
>> ook handy and can check?? Much obliged.=20
>> Dustin Zima
>> Quincy University
>> =20
>> =20
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