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Division of Liverpool; Sarah Grand, Mrs. Frank Leslie, Miss Beatrice Harraden, and about two hundred

literary men and women.

Louis Frederic Austin, in proposing Mark Twain’s health, said:

“What most appeals to men and women of his own calling, and what will ever cause Mr. Clemens’s name

to be associated with Sir Walter Scott’s in similar circumstances, is his noble courage in misfortune, the high

personal honor which accepted the penalty of disaster, and the undaunted toil that now enables him again to

lift the colors of victory.”

The reply of Mr. Clemens, who was received on rising with prolonged cheers, was in his happiest vein,

causing much laughter and applause.

Mr. Depew, after a few humorous remarks and an eloquent tribute to Mark Twain, alluded to the change

of sentiment in America produced by Great Britain’s attitude and action during the Hispano-American war….

After this Mark Twain and Capt. Chichester shared the honors of the evening, everybody desiring to shake

hands with both.

[Note: Real Admiral Sir Edward Chichester (1849-1906) arrived late and expressed admiration for Admiral

Dewey, whom he’d met in Manila while protecting English interests during the war; See Sam’s speech in

Fatout’s MT Speaking p.324-9; Gribben points out that Sam referred to George Augustus Sala (1828-1895)

in this speech [601].

June 17 SaturdayIn London, England, Livy wrote to Bram Stoker.

Thank you so much for the box at the Lyceum which has safely reached me. I’m greatly antisapating next Monday evening. / I had such a pleasant time with you on Thursday [MTP].

Sam’s notebook : “Sat. 17 Wilberforce, 1.30; 20 Dean’s Yard” [NB 40 TS 56]. Note: in his June 14 NB entry Sam crossed out “Canon Wilberforce, lunch.” See July 3 entry. Fatout lists this as “remarks” given [MT Speaking 666].

Academy (London), p.648, ran a brief comment on “Mark Twain’s graceful, natural way of accepting the praise given him and his works” [Tenney 30].

An anonymous article, “The Humor of Mark Twain,” ran in Spectator, p.861. Tenney: “A letter to the editor: finds the report of his Authors’ Club speech ‘on Monday night’ [12 Jun] uninspiring. For an example of of ‘one of his happiest flights of humour, ‘furnishes the text (here printed) of a ‘speech made at a United Veterans’ Banquet at Baltimore many years ago’” [Tenney: “A Reference Guide Second Annual Supplement,” American Literary Realism, Autumn 1978 p. 171].

June 18 SundayIn London, England, Sam wrote to Chatto & Windus to ask what kind of a club the Royal Societies Club was, at 63 St. James Street, as he’d been invited on June 28 to their annual dinner [MTP]. Note— from their statement of purpose:

“THE ROYAL SOCIETIES CLUB was founded in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety-four, for the association in Membership of Fellows and Members of the principal Learned Societies, Universities, and Institutions of the United Kingdom, India, and the Colonies; Academicians and Associates of the Academies, together with persons distinguished in Literature, Science, and Art, with the object of affording facilities for social intercourse and re-union, upon such a basis as to ensure its success as a leading Social Club, while furthering the objects and interests of the Learned Societies.”

Sam also sent Chatto a printed page proposed for the thousand numbered copies of his Uniform Edition to be sold in England. Written above and between the printed text:

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