Mark Twain’s letters to Beatrice Benjamin

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Samuel Clemens was a good friend and neighbour of Henry Huttleson Rogers (great-grandfather of American Museum founder, Dallas Pratt).

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Samuel Clemens was a good friend and neighbour of Henry Huttleson Rogers (great-grandfather of American Museum founder, Dallas Pratt). In 1894 Clemens was in financial difficulty and facing bankruptcy. He credited his friend Rogers as being the person who helped him avoid ruin.

Clemens spent a great deal of time as a guest at the Rogers’ home and it was here that he struck up another friendship with Rogers’ granddaughter Beatrice Benjamin. These last letters from Clemens to Beatrice are filled with regret at ill health preventing him from attending her wedding. Sadly, Clemens died a few months after Beatrice married.

'As Mark Twain, he was able to reveal a select part of himself to the public, and perhaps because of this, there is something inherently appealing in viewing letters written by the man himself. …These communiqués are infused with a subdued humour, and are evidence of a loyalty and gentleness rarely seen in his published works.' Monica Carroll, Library Volunteer (former), AMIB

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Dated

From 1902 to 1909

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» United States of America

Object number

1995.178

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