Mark Twain sent this letter to the Hartford Flag Committee,
[Elmira], N. Y., Sept. 8, 1879.
Gentlemen of the Committee—
Out of the poverty left on hand by an interminable European trip, I very gladly put up the enclosed $25 in furtherance of the good cause which you represent. There is nothing nobler than for religion to support patriotism; [&] nothing wiser than for both to uphold [&] encourage domestic economy—therefore I subtract this sum from the pew rent.
S. L. [Clemens]
Twain’s check for $25.00 was enclosed.