Vol 3 Section 0314

264                                                                        1899

Here it is: “Since England and America may be joined together in Kipling, may they not be severed in ‘Twain.’” [MT Speaking 322-3]. Note: this may have been the only time Sam would have used his name in a pun.

Sam’s notebook : “Monday, 12 Authors (before noon, photog.)” [NB 40 TS 56]. Note: the above dinner is not mentioned in the notebook—this stop earlier in the day for a photograph may have been in preparation for the dinner.

William Dean Howells wrote again to Sam, this time about the Introduction to the Uniform Edition.

I wrote you a letter last night full of myself, and like people who do that sort of thing, I left out what concerned me most because it concerned some one else too.

There would be no loss of dignity, but gain in writing of you, for me; but I confess I should not like to do what might hurt so good a friend as Brander Matthews. In his place I should feel superseded, and disapproved, if the second introduction, or call it doxology, were printed. I am afraid we are committed to the thing that has happened, and I must wait and watch for a chance to say my say of you in the shape of a review. Why, just think! Harry Harper suggested using my past-potential essay in the magazine first. Perhaps it could still be used there. I shall not let him forget his notion [MTHL 2: 702-3]. Note 1 of source: “Howells did not drop the idea of an essay about Mark Twain for a magazine. It finally appeared, however in the North American Review (“Mark Twain, An Inquiry,” February 1901; collected in MMT, pp. 165-185) rather than in Harper’s. It was Howells’s fullest and most considered evaluation of his friend’s work.”

Chatto & Windus wrote to Sam. “We anticipated the pleasure of seeing you to-day at luncheon. Herewith I enclose you a proof of the edition de luxe, will you kindly look through it and put in any improvements which suggest themselves….Would it be possible to sign either vols 1 and 22 or both…”[MTP].

Lillie Planner wrote on The Morning Leader (London) note paper to Sam, trying to get him to reconsider being interviewed (prior requests and declines not extant).

Of course it is extremely reprehensible, but I can’t help thinking that a dog after a cat’s tail is a fool to “Mark” in the little matter of jumping at conclusions! I didn’t ask you to talk about such a low down ornery creature as “M.T.”!! You shall talk of authors, Austrians, Arkansaw, anything in the wide-wide & we will taboo Mark Twain. There! Isn’t that sweetly generous, and I won’t ask the size of your socks or how many times a day you don’t brush your hair… [MTP]. Note: on the envelop Sam wrote “Preserve this bitch’s letter.”

June 13 TuesdaySam’s notebook: “Garland, Tues. 4 p.m.” ;“Goerz, 8 oclock–Garland” [NB 40 TS 55]. Note:

likely Hannibal Hamlin Garland.

At the Prince of Wales Hotel, London, Sam also replied to John Y. MacAlister “That would be very pleasant Would Sunday the 25th do? I’m going to the photographer tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. Ys…” [MTP]. Sam wrote on the env. “Has a date been appointed for the evening with the Colquhoun Club?”

June 14 WednesdayFrom Sam’s note to MacAlister of June 13, it is shown that he made a morning stop at a Henry Van der Weyde (1838-1924) photographer. Russell & Sons photographers also made photos of him about this time.

Sam’s notebook: Wednesday 14th. (Morning, Van der Weyd’s, 182 Regent st. Photo. Then, National Club, 1

Whitehall Gardens, S.W. by Russell to meet Dooley” [NB 40 TS 56]. Note: likely Lord Russell, and Finley

Peter Dunne (“Mr. Dooley”)

Fatout lists a Mark Twain speech at the “Scotch Affair” [MT Speaking 666]. Note: Fatout gives no particulars, but this was likely given at the National Club as listed in the above notebook entry.

SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.