CLEMENS, Samuel L. Autograph letter signed (''Saml. L. Clemens'') TO JOAQUIN MILLER (1837-1913), n.p. [London], ''11 P.M.'', 18 June . 1½ pages, 8vo, very minor soiling, minor chip to bottom left corner.
CLEMENS, Samuel L. Autograph letter signed ("Saml. L. Clemens") TO JOAQUIN MILLER (1837-1913), n.p. [London], "11 P.M.", 18 June . 1½ pages, 8vo, very minor soiling, minor chip to bottom left corner.
CLEMENS ASSISTS JOAQUIN MILLER IN THE PUBLICATION OF 'UNWRITTEN HISTORY'
A fine letter in which Clemens encourages Miller, the poet of the California sierras, to publish his Unwritten History: Life Amongst the Modocs with the American Publishing Company, owned by his friend Elisha Bliss. Miller and Clemens may have met in San Francisco in 1863 at the officed of the Golden Era, but later, when both were in London, struck up a lasting friendship. Here, Clemens informs Miller that he will try to attend an event with him: "Haven't received the diploma, but would like exceedingly to go with you tomorrow night if I possibly can -- & I feel sure I can." On the same date as this letter, Clemens wrote his first letter for publication in the New York Herald and informs Miller that his need to meet that deadline would be the only obstacle: "The only thing in the way is, that I may possibly not be able to finish a newspaper letter in time on which I am engaged." Clemens assures Miller that he wants to see him so they can discuss publication of his book (Miller's Life Among the Modocs had already been accepted for publication in England by Bentleys): "If you'll come by for me I can at least talk a bit about Bliss if I can't leave home. Bliss will make as much money for you as any publisher, & I think considerably more than any other publishers." In a PS, Clemens adds "I enclose [a] picture for Lord Houghton's daughter." Richard Monckton Milnes (1809-1895), First Baron Houghton, was the editor of Keats and a literary figure of wide acquaintance, whom Miller had promised to introduce to Clemens.
Elisha Bliss (1822-1880), President of the American Publishing Company, was integral to the publication and success of Clemens' book The Innocents Abroad and subsequently brought the writer under contract for multiple works. Bliss ultimately agreed to publish Miller's Unwritten History in large part due to the recommendation of Clemens.
Not in Mark Twain's Letters, and apparently unpublished (for a letter to Miller, 11 June 1873, see vol.5, pp.376-377).