The complete text of this letter is currently lost. However, a portion of it was quoted in the San Francisco Dramatic Chronicle for November 4, 1865. The quote refers to opera singer Elvira Brambilla.
San Francisco Dramatic Chronicle, November 4, 1865, p. 4.
That irreverent joker, Mark Twain, in his last letter to the Virginia Enterprise, blasphemously alludes to the queenly Brambilla as "the preposterously stuck-up screamer who was petted by audiences in San Francisco until she began to imagine she was the bass vocalist of Christendom." Mark was brought up in the country, and his musical education was limited to a course of instruction on the jews harp, by the son of the village poundkeeper. Hence his lack of taste. Still, we think that something ought to be done to him.
[San Francisco Dramatic Chronicle, November 4, 1865, p. 4]
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