wish to live to see it [Brisbane Courier, Sept. 6, 1898, p.5; crediting the S.A. Register; online http://ndpbeta.hla.gov.au/ (National Library of Australia) accessed Apr. 26, 2009]. Note: this likely Alfred Allen Simpson (1875-1939), Adelaide mayor (1913-15).
Sam also wrote to Miss Ray Lamprey (1874-1946), daughter of Eve Goodhue and Morris Lamprey. The source points out that while Miss Lamprey had a “long correspondence with Clemens…This is the only known surviving letter and is thought to be unpublished.”
Dear Miss Ray: / Your welcome letter of four & a half months ago arrived this morning—it walked, I suppose—& I will stay at home & thank you for it, instead of going shopping into Vienna for slippers & whiskey to take care of my health with—there are reasons why there is no hurry.
Don’t worry when people doubt your word. I am at your back. I am endorsing you. It was odd, & dramatic, & interesting, those there Zusammenkünfte [get togethers; meetings] in Milan, in Farmington, & in St. Paul. I wonder where you and I are going to meet next. If you are good I know where it will be & if you are bad you will at least meet the most of my friends, & excellent people they are, too—there is no better society there. Nor elsewhere, for that matter.
If my health gets in danger I mean to follow your suggestion & build it up; but now that I am out of debt I am plenty healthy enough. With my best regards to yourself & your family…[Written Word Autographs Auction 6 May 2010, Lot 503; Liveauctioneers.com/item/7050308]. Note: Thanks to Holger Kersten for translation on the German word.
July 21 Thursday
July 22 Friday
July 23 Saturday
July 24 Sunday – Sam’s June 28 letter on Anglo-American unity to Brainard Warner, Jr., United States Consul in Leipzig ran in the N.Y. Times as “Fourth of July in Berlin.”
July 25 Monday – Jean Clemens’ photograph with The “Professor,” her six month old puppy, was taken “the day before I put my hair up” [Harnsberger 229].
July 26 Tuesday – Jean Clemens’ eighteenth birthday.
In Kaltenleutgeben, Austria, Sam wrote to Chatto & Windus requesting their “new Stevenson book” for Livy. He thought it was poetry and ventured a guess of the name, “Black & White?” He also requested “the cheap edition of ‘Spiritual Tales’ (is that it?) except vol. 1,” which he had by “Mrs. or Miss” Macleod (Edinburgh) . He also suggested Chatto request copies of FE from Bliss, thinking the illustrations would sell them, or, perhaps the different title would “interfere awkwardly” [MTP]. Note: More
Tramps Abroad,, the English version of FE lacked the illustrations of FE. Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Lowden Sabbath Morn (1898) is likely the book Sam was after, as it was inscribed “To Livy / on her next birthday. / SL Clemens / Kaltenleutgeben, August, ‘98” [Gribben 663].
Sam also sent his photo-postcard to Brander Matthews, thanking for three articles sent. “Compliments are sometimes pretty hard to bear, but these are not that sort. They are conspicuously and most pleasantly the other way. I hope to see you in the Spring, & then go away no more” [MTP].
Sam also wrote to H.H. Rogers. All but the last paragraph (which mentioned requests for Whitmore to send Rogers $1,500 and Bliss to send the next half-yearly royalties) covers his recent literary works. He related sending a play translation of “In Purgatory” to Charles Frohman who didn’t think it had a market in England. “He says it’s all jabber & no play. Curious, too, for it tears these Austrians to pieces with
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.