[June 24 to Knight]. Note: They would stay in Sanna for a year.
“This is all right—nothing to add. When we hear from Bliss we can add that the book will be signed, if you think it would be an advantage. Frohman is a subscriber, & he tells me 2 of these volumes are already issued” [MTP].
Sam’s notebook: “Weybridg 11 to 6. / Mon. or Tues. Lyceum Theatre“ [NB 40 TS 56].
June 19 Monday – In the evening Sam and Livy attended the Lyceum Theatre, compliments of Bram Stoker [June 17 Livy to Stoker].
June 20 Tuesday – Sam’s notebook entry: “Bryce lunch 1.45 54 Portland Place / American Citizen (Duke of York [)]” [NB 40 TS 56]. Note: James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce (1838-1922), British historian, jurist, statesman, at this time a Liberal member of the House of Commons; he would be the British Ambassador to the US (1907-1913); see MTB 1085. Bryce invited Sam and Livy on June 14.
June 21 Wednesday – In London, England, Sam wrote to an unidentified man that he would “look in,” if he could “manage it before leaving town” [MTP].
Sam’s notebook entries: “Wed. 21 Café Monico, Shaftsbury Ave. 7 for 7.30 / Henry Irving, 11.15 Lyceum” [NB 40 TS 56]. “June 21, made Hon. Vis. Member for one month of the Sesame Club, 29 Dover st. Piccadilly, W., through John Ridgely Carter, of our Embassy (from M.C. Plowden, Secy” [NB 40 TS 57]. Note: John Ridgely Carter (1864-1944). The Sesame Club admitted both genders. Fatout lists two dinners, one “unidentified, London, Speech or Story,” (likely the Café Monico, a Sesame Club event,) and the later “Irving Dinner” at the Lyceum [MT Speaking 666].
June 22 Thursday – In London, England, Sam wrote to Arthur Spurgeon declining an invitation (unspecified; text not available) [MTP: MS: AAA Jan. 5, 1927].
Sam also inscribed a copy of More Tramps Abroad, [FE]: “If we try, we can easily learn to endure adversity.
Another man’s, I mean. / Mark Twain” [MTP].
June 23 Friday – The Clemens family had decided to go to Sanna, Sweden to pursue treatments for
daughter Jean from famous osteopath, Jonas Henrick Kellgren Sam purchased tickets on
this day for the family to depart in a fortnight
Sam’s notebook: “Görtz [Goerz] the Spalding[s], 9 Harley Gardens SW” [NB 40 TS 56].
June 24 Saturday – Frank N. Doubleday and Edward W. Bok stopped by Sam’s hotel in the morning with a cable from J. Henry Harper wanting to publish a 75 cent edition of Tom Sawyer. He had no objections but referred him to H.H. Rogers [June 25 to Rogers; Aug. 3 to Rogers mentions Bok was along]. , At the Prince of Wales Hotel in London, England, Sam wrote to William Knight.
Your invitation is most kind, & you may be sure that Mrs. Clemens & I are not going to have any difficulty about keeping it in mind if ever we have the good fortune to get to Scotland.
Since we had the pleasure of meeting you at Mr. Bryce’s our plans have suffered a sea-change into something new & unexpected; & we leave in a fortnight for Sweden, not to see England again for several months. I can hardly believe it, and yet I bought the fare-tickets yesterday & must believe it [MTP]. Note: James Bryce on Portland Place.
Sam also wrote one line to H.F. Russell in the London district of Clapton, N.E. Sam had no objection to Russell using the note he’d written him [MTP].
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.