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Having just completed ?The Adventures of Tom Sawyer? in July, Mark Twain pays for his summer vacation near Newport, Rhode Island, where he spent his time bowling ? He later wrote ?I played on that alley day after day? ? No letters written by Mark Twain between July 29th and August 16th have ever been found
Partly Printed Check Signed ?Saml. L. Clemens,? 7.75? x 2.75?. Hartford, Ct., August 14, 1875. Check No. 191. Filled out by Clemens, drawn on the First National Bank of Hartford for $232.96, payable to ?Mr. Seth Bateman,? endorsed on verso, ?Seth Bateman.? Fine condition.From the University of California, Mark Twain Papers, The Bancroft Library, Berkeley: ?... ?The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,? which he worked on in stages until its completion in July 1875 ... No letters written between 29 July and 16 August have been found. On 31 July, the Clemens family left for a vacation at Bateman?s Point near Newport, Rhode Island. There they stayed at the popular summer resort, a ?spacious and complete establishment? on an old farm at the corner of Ridge Road and Castle Hill Avenue, that had been owned and run by Seth Bateman for more than thirty years...?Clemens entertained himself with a pastime he recalled in 1907: ?On the premises there was what had once been a bowling-all
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