Mark Twain & Sherlock Holmes

Letter to the Mallory Brothers on behalf of actor William Gillette.

Hartford, September 29, 1883.

Dear Sirs,

You have a contract with Mr. Will Gillette; & I am aware that you are trying (as usual with you) to sneak out of the performance of its conditions. I am personally interested in the matter; therefore I suggest to you couple of piety-mouthing, hypocritical thieves and liars that you change your customary policy this time.

Yours Truly,

S. L. Clemens

Gillette was known as “America’s Sherlock Holmes”