On several occasions between 1893 and 1909, Clemens described Rogers as his
"best friend." I remember very clearly that Rogers was not an avid reader
of Twain's books, but I don't remember exactly what he knew of his work
prior to their becoming friends. Vaguely I seem to recall he might've seen
one of the ill-fated plays. In any case, the place to turn is certainly the
Twain Project's edition of their letters, which can be borrowed from the
Internet Archive if you cannot find it elsewhere. - MS

*Matt Seybold, PhD*
Associate Professor of American Literature & Mark Twain Studies
Scholar-in-Residence, Center for Mark Twain Studies
Editor, MarkTwainStudies.org
Host, The American Vandal Podcast

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On Thu, May 25, 2023 at 3:20 PM DM Sataari <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Twain and HH Rogers did have mutual acquaintances and moved within similar
> social circles, so it is quite likely that they may have crossed paths at
> some point, but there's no evidence I can find of Rogers specifically
> attending one of Mark Twain's lectures prior to their introduction by Rev.
> Twichell around 1890.
> I hope someone can prove me wrong!
> On Thu, May 25, 2023 at 2:53 PM Scott Holmes <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> > I have a vague recollection that HH Rogers had attended one of Mark
> > Twain's lectures prior to their being introduced.  I'm curious as to the
> > accuracy of this and if so when and where that lecture occurred.
> >
> > --
> > /Unaffiliated Geographer and Twain aficionado/
> >