“If I live I can pay off the last debt within four years, after which, atthe age of sixty-four, I can make a fresh and unencumbered start in life.”
If I'm not mistaken, it was thanks to Twain's friend, Henry Rogers, that he was able to fulfill his goal. He proved to be a valuable friend indeed.
Twain placed his business affairs in the hands of Standard Oil CEO Henry Rogers in 1895. Rogers was a good friend. He negotiated the sale of Twain's copyrights to Harper's, which ensured an annual income of $25,000. That income, and the $35,000 that Twain earned from the worldwide lecture tour, was used to pay off the debt.
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