Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Ross, Charles G. (Charles Griffith), 1885-1950; Twain, Mark, 1835-1910; Clemens, Cyril C. (Cyril Consiton), 1902-1999; Cockrell, Ewing

Unsent Letter from President Harry S. Truman to the New Yorker Magazine, January 8, 1952. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

January 8, 1952

Dear New Yorker:

I've been reading your Jan. 5 Talk of the Town-and you've been taken in by one of Missouri's lovable old fakirs, Cyril Clemens-at one time there was a t before the s! He claims to be a seventh-it may be seventeenth-cousin of Hannibal's (Missouri not Carthage) well known humorist, Mark.

He has carried on a copious, one way letter writing for his I.M.T.S. for years & years. How I wish my lamented friend and press secretary, Charlie Ross, had lived to see you taken in!

He is the International Mark Twain Society and he merely puts people into it without a "by-your-leave" or any other formula. You'll get in now and no doubt be the recipient of nutty letters like the enclosed-which is my latest.

I don't know him, never saw him and don't want to. But of all the things to happen-the New Yorker to be hooked. It is almost as bad as the Nobel Board being hooked by that other old Missouri lovable fakir Ewing Cockrell, son of Francis Marion Cockrell, a Senator from Missouri for thirty years. So you are in good company.

Mark, himself, was a kind of a charlatan and fakir-but all natives of Missouri love him-he was the lying columnist of his day. We have lots of 'em now but no Sam Clemenses.

This is a personal & confidential communication. You may publish it when I retire-which may be some time yet.

Sincerely, Harry S Truman