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Missouri with 700 students, an eastern head quarters in Boston, 2,000 practitioners scattered over the Union & has gotten itself legalized in 9 states…

Livy says she is going to attend your church, whether I do or not. I think she’d like me to, for it is a principle with her to manufacture as many hypocrites as she can, where its a hypocrisy that’s smug & respectable. But I doubt if we can afford Hartford. The taxes there have risen 20 per cent in the past year, & the city is always improving our property at our expense. I think we must sell the house. We could have saved $10,000 of useless expenses if we had done it 9 years ago. With love to you all…” [MTP].

Sam also wrote a few lines to Pamela A. Moffett, asking her to send “a goodly lot of Osteopathic literature” [MTP].

Before November 18 – Sam wrote to his sister Pamela A. Moffett, who then conveyed his news to her son, Sam’s nephew, Samuel E. Moffett on Nov. 18. Sam thought that osteopathy in America was a theft—it had been invented in Europe nearly 40 years before, but he was glad they had the science now for they would spread it around, while in conservative England an osteopath was seen as a quack. He noted that Henrick Kellgren had 17 assistants and charged double what Pamela’s doctor Steele did in Buffalo [MTP].

November 18 SaturdayIn London, England Sam wrote to Mrs. Ann W. Denslow (Mrs. William Wallace Denslow), thanking her for a gift of Father Goose; His Book, by Lyman Frank Baum and illustrated by William Wallace Denslow [MTP: G.A. Baker & Co. catalog, 17-18 Sept. 1940; letter printed in the Chicago Tribune of Dec. 18]. Note: Denslow also gave Sam a presentation copy of Denslow’s Mother Goose in 1901 [Gribben 185].

Sam also wrote to Franklin G. Whitmore, enclosing a request to be given to American Publishing Co. for $100. Sam wanted an estimate of each month’s approaching expenses to allow him “a chance to furnish the money to keep that tiresome house going” [MTP].

Academy (London) ran quotations from More Tramps Abroad, (FE), and noted Sam’s lack of sympathy for the Boers [Tenney 30].

November 19 Sunday

November 20 MondayIn London, England Sam wrote condolences to H.H. Rogers upon learning of the death of Rogers’ mother.

I know that that which was to come has come, & that your first friend is gone; a release for her—for death is always that, whether is come early or late—but an affliction for you. She was good & fine in her nature, & beautiful in her life, & this is your best comfort in your loss—no words of mine or another can add to it. … Come to London. Will you? Won’t you? Write & say you will [MTHHR 416].

Sam also replied to the Nov. 20 charges from Henry Ferguson, explaining that he had edited the logs of Captain Josiah A. Mitchell, and two of the passengers (the Ferguson brothers, Sam and Henry, ages 28 and 18 respectively) of the Hornet (“43 Days in an Open Boat”), first published by Harper’s Monthly in the Dec. 1866 issue

     The journals were copied by me, in the sweltering heats of the Pacific during the long calm, & I got the permission upon this express condition—to wit, that if I published them when I reached home, I was to send all the money received for them to an Episcopal church in Stamford. I sold the MS., which included a word or tow of comment of my own, for something more per magazine-page that Harper was accustomed to pay. (because it was a church matter), & I sent all of the money to the church. To be exact, Harpers did it for me.

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