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Learn in the sense of "teach" dates from the 13th century and was standard until at least the early 19th.
But by Mark Twain's time it was receding to a speech form associated chiefly with the less educated.
The present-day status of learn has not risen. This use persists in speech, but in writing it appears mainly in the representation of such speech or its deliberate imitation for effect.
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