By Mark Twain
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In any event, it is clear that he was again a resident of Saint Louis by 16 February 1855, when he wrote the first of two letters from there that were published in his brother Orion's Muscatine Journal. His second letter, written on 5 March 1855, reveals Clemens' acute interest in affairs along the river levee, and both letters document his regular attendance at lectures and theatrical productions. Moreover, the 24 February 1855 issue of the Saint Louis Missouri Republican includes Clemens in a list of persons having letters held for them at the Saint Louis Post Office.
1 Both the front and back notebook covers are embellished with examples of Clemens' youthful signature, which vary in calligraphy as well as in form. The young man experimented with signing himself "Samuel L. Clemens," "S. L. " Other writing on the covers, perhaps including additional signatures, is discernible but not recoverable from the photocopy. 2 The Westerner was one of six steamboats operated by the St. Louis & Keokuk Packet Line. M. for points upriver. Built in 1853, the sidewheel Westerner was praised by the Hannibal Missouri Courier as "perhaps the finest and most agreeable boat for travel, on the Western waters" (11 May 1854).