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29. box to Clemens, 21 July 1874. Field’s whole letter seems in an annotation to Clemens’s answer in Mark Twain’s Letters, 6:199–201. Unsuccessful efforts to spot box recommend that she could have used a pseudonym. 30. “The shelter of the Derelicts,” in Mark Twain’s Fables of guy, ed. J. S. Tuckey (Berkeley, 1972), 197. 31. An easy-to-use and often up-to-date on-line database of those correspondence fi les is associated with the Mark Twain undertaking website at www. marktwainproject. org. 32. “One of Mankind’s Bores,” Galaxy, Feb. 1871. 33. Of the c. 12,500 preserved letters addressed to Clemens, nine. five percentage are from 1871–1880, 32. 6 percentage from 1881–1890, 7. 2 percentage from 1891–1900, and forty seven. 1 percentage from 1901–1910. one other three. 6 percentage are from ahead of 1871 or are undated. 34. The relatives was once abroad from past due October 1903 via mid-July 1904. another way, Clemens used to be in another country for under short sessions in this decade. 35. See, e. g. , letters 17, 27, seventy five, and eighty one. 36. An instance is a letter from a Duluth guy who despatched Clemens an Allen revolver (Paine, Mark Twain: A Biography, 564–565). 37. See Carmen Ramos to Clemens, 22 Nov. 1906, letter a hundred and seventy. 38. Clemens often stored envelopes, yet after 1902 the share of letters with envelopes drops precipitously. therefore, few letters from after that 12 months undergo his reviews. The disappearance of envelopes most likely had whatever to do with alterations in his secretarial support. observe on Texts the 2 hundred letters addressed to Samuel L. Clemens during this quantity are prepared in chronological order, in accordance with the dates their authors provided or their postmarks, and are numbered sequentially. Dates of a few letters were predicted. All incoming letters and Clemens’s replies come from the collections of the Mark Twain Papers on the collage of California’s Bancroft Library in Berkeley. the majority of the collections’ letters are unique, yet a number of utilized in this quantity are copies. Searchable cata logs of the full correspondence collections are available on-line at bancroft. berkeley. edu/MTP/databases. html. All letters are rendered of their entirety; the ellipses showing in a couple of letters are unique to the texts. To approximate the adventure Mark Twain had in interpreting those letters, as little editorial intervention as attainable has been made. Transcription provided a few problems, because the overwhelming majority of the letters are handwritten, with out incoming letters composed via an identical individual. such a lot spelling and punctuation blunders were left uncorrected. while person characters or punctuation marks couldn't be pointed out with simple task, the characters probably to be right have been chosen. passed over phrases haven't been provided, yet in a couple of situations lacking dates and locations of composition and passed over citation marks were provided inside editorial sq. brackets. (Note that the correspondents themselves occasionally used sq. brackets; e. g. letters 1, 38, 142, and a hundred forty five. ) classes and commas following quoted subject within the letters were put within terminal citation marks, despite their unique positions.