Cable's Messages to MT


Simsbury Ct May 15 1885
To S. L. Clemens
All intimations that you and Pond are not my Beloved Friends are false and if you can say the same of me do so as privately or as publicly as you like.
G. W. Cable


Simsbury, Conn.
May 16/85.
Dear Clemens:
  Telegd. you last even'g & have not got reply; but without waiting to see if you are replying by letter, I write. For I see now that if you have not seen the newspaper and telegraphic slanders printed against us you will not understand, and if you have then my telegram hardly covers the main point. So I add this to assure you that all statements that I have either openly or covertly intimated anything unpleasant about you to my friends or anybody else are false from beginning to end. If you care to know it, I esteem you more highly since our winter's experience than I ever did before & should deeply regret if scandal mongers were to make an estrangement between us.
  Of course I do not believe that you have said ought against me that was not intended as a friend's fair criticism among friends. Nor do I think Pond has said a word that was meant in unkindness about either of us.
  I have privately called for an immediate explanation from the Boston Herald--where the thing seems to have started--& they write they have demanded as much of their New York correspondent & will report without delay.
Yours truly
G. W. Cable

SOURCE: Guy A. Cardwell, Twins of Genius (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1953).

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