Portion of letter from San Francisco - exact date not determined
A reference to this letter appeared in the
San Francisco Dramatic Chronicle, February 13, 1866
"Mark Twain's" forte evidently is not statistics. He is strong on fun, but weak, very weak on figures. In one of his recent letters to the Sage Brush Enterprise, he states that
6,000 volumes have been taken out of the Mercantile Library in the city during the past year.
Now that is the number taken out during the past month. During the year 41,000 volumes were taken out. Since "Mark" has taken tot he investigation of Spiritualism, and has commenced "being developed as a medium," his intellectual perceptions have become a great deal confused.
reprinted in Mark Twain Journal, Spring, 1988, p. 23.
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