The Tar Baby and the Tomahawk: Race and Ethnic Images in American Children's Literature, 1880-1939


No. 4.
Elmira, N.Y.,
Dear Uncle Remus—

No, I'm not through my summer's work, by considerable —have written 50,000 words, & got to write 30,000 more — will take me all the rest of this month to finish, & lucky if the 25 days will do it. Been bothered with malaria, & delayed by it. Haven't had any lumbago, though — a disease which I don't much mind, because one can lie abed and write, with it.

Brer Osgood did not send me that notice; wherefore I would require a copy at your hands if it were conveniently get-hold-able But if it isn't, I will get it of

Canada as soon as I reached home, & was confoundedly disappointed when I found you had come part-way & then escaped.

Come again. Come to Hartford. We shall be there

by the middle of October; there to remain till next June, & always ready for you, & a hearty welcome ready for you, too. Do it, & I will forgive you. And you shall see Twichell, who is just arriving home, now, from a 3-months' prowl in Europe.

Sincerely yours
S.L. Clemens