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Can anyone help me with the meaning of p. p. c. card from the following paragraph taken from Mark Twain's "PLAYING COURIER"?
He attended to that and came down with an invitation for me to go up--yes, certainly; and, while we walked along over to the bank to get money, and collect my cigars and tobacco, and to the cigar shop to trade back the lottery tickets and get my umbrella, and to Mr. Natural's to pay that cab and send it away, and to the county jail to get my rubbers and leave p. p. c. cards for the Mayor and Supreme Court, he described the weather to me that was prevailing on the upper levels there with the Expedition, and I saw that I was doing very well where I was.
That was a new one on me. A French abbreviation that still is current is 'RSVP' [= répondez s'il vous plaît] written at the bottom of an invitation that requires a response; it is so current that it's even been pressed into service as an informal verb: 'Have you RSVPd yet?'.