“I want to thank you most heartily for your note of the introduction [not extant] to Mme Laszowska: we have all enjoyed very much meeting her and hope that we may see a good deal of her during our sojourn in Vienna” [MTP].
Note: Countess De Laszowska, a Romanian who only learned English at school age, became a writer in both English and German, with two novels and a nonfiction work about Transylvania. Dolmetsch writes that Sam “developed an intriguingly ambitions relationship” with the Countess, and ‘’’the Lasowskis frequented the circles of Princess Metternich and Countess Wydenbruck-Esterhazy and took one of Dr. Winternitz’s villas near the Clemenses’ in Kaltenleutgeben for the summer of 1898” . Blackwood is not further identified but may be a son of the founder of Blackwood & Sons, English publishers.
November 8 Monday – Eleanor V. Hutton (Mrs. Laurence Hutton) wrote to Sam, enclosing a five-page typed discussion of Helen Keller from Dr. Louis Waldstein’s book The Sub-Conscious Self. They were touched by Sam’s poem in Harpers to Susy, “In Memoriam” [MTP].
Joe Twichell wrote to Sam having rec’d his of Oct. 23 , to his “extreme comfort and delectation.” He asked that the distance between them not lead to dropping their friendship.
I haven’t been so tickled for a year as I was by the speech you found yourself making when you woke out of the dream. But you needn’t have called it indelicate. To be sure I wouldn’t have repeated it to a lady. Neither would I jump ship before a lady. Yet there is nothing indelicate about that process. The sacred historians do not shy the mention of it. See I Samuel 25:22. Nor the prophets; see Isaiah 36:12. But this isn’t Sunday, and I’m not going to preach you a sermon.
Joe also mentioned Sam’s reference to the political turmoil in Vienna, and related some articles “written some while since by that odd but accomplished genius Forrest Morgan for ‘The Travelers’ while he was editor of it.” The picture of Twain in the Nov. McClure’s Joe thought “far and away the best yet” [MTP].
November 9 Tuesday – This is the day that Sam had invited Francis H. Skrine to dinner at their Metropole hotel apartment [Nov. 3 to Skrine].
Sam’s notebook suggests he wrote to White of the N.Y. Journal on this day: “To White of N.Y. Journal, Nov. 9. Highest price offered me by a magazine is $300 for 1000 words. If he wants these Austrian articles, will he make me an offer at that price?” [NB 42 TS 47]. Note: not extant. White is not further identified.
November 10 Wednesday – At the Metropole Hotel, Vienna, Austria, Sam began a letter to H.H. Rogers that he finished Nov. 11
I throw up the sponge. I pull down the flag. Let us begin on those debts. I cannot bear the weight any longer. It totally unfits me for work. I have lost three entire months, now. In that time I have begun twenty magazine articles & books—& flung every one of them aside in turn. The debts interfered every time, & took the spirit out of the work. And yet I have worked like a bond slave, & wasted no time & spared no effort. A man can’t possibly write the kind of stuff that is required of me unless he have an unharrassed mind. My stuff is worth more in the market to-day than it ever was before—& yet in 3 months I have not succeeded in turning out fifty acceptable pages.
Sam directed Rogers to pay the Webster creditors $ 10,000 on a pro rata basis on Dec. 1, and the same amount on Jan. 1, 1898, then finish paying them in full on Feb. 1, 1898. He expressed this was Livy’s wish as well. Leaving out the Mount Morris Bank and the disputed amount to the Grant family, Sam
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.