Letter from Mark Twain to a snake oil peddler: "You, sir, are the scion of an ancestral procession of idiots stretching back to the Missing Link"


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The angry tweet of its day.

Except Mr. Clemens had such a way with words that it’s a pleasure to read :smiley:

The fact he’s lambasting snake-oil salesman helps also.


Twain was the king of poison pen letters.

Snakeoil salesmen are soft targets. Even I, a lazy, foggy-brained, under-stimulated night-shift worker, manage to whip off a few personal letters to “Doctor” (the audible gagging noise is normal) Stanislaw Burzynski (fraudulent shit eater, and general burglar to the gullible at large, as well as a legal bully and felonious thin-skinned coward) every other week.

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