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San Francisco Correspondent

Letter from the Lick House

Sam Clemens’s letter to his mother and sister from the Lick House, San Francisco, 4 June 1863, “No. 3—$20 enclosed”:

My visit to San F is gradually drawing to a close, and it seems like going back to prison to go back to the snows & the deserts of Washoe, after living in this Paradise. But then I shall soon get used to it—all places are alike to me. I have put in the time here, “you bet.” And I have lived like a lord—to make up for two years of privation, you know. I haven’t written to the paper but twice, I believe. I have always got something more agreeable on hand. . . .

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