Sam continued with an indictment of doctors and medicine as an “insane system…protected by the state and made a close monopoly” [MTP]. Note: Dr. Andrew Taylor Still.
Harper & Brothers wrote to Sam, forwarding a copy of a letter by Marie Wiertz asking to translate into French “Concerning the Jews.” Sam would answer on Jan. 23; see entry [MTP].
January 9 Tuesday – Henry Ferguson wrote from Hartford to Sam, enclosing a copy of Sam’s article about the Hornet saga from the Century with changes suggested.
“I should be glad to have the whole passage in regard to the supposed disaffection of the men omitted, but do not feel that I should urge this against your will if the other changes are made.” He added an interesting detail: “Captain Mitchell died on July 23rd 1876…he was taken ill in South America.” In either this or a separate note of this date Ferguson [MTP].
Rogers (or Katharine I. Harrison) wrote to Sam about trying to get Henry Ferguson’s edits in “My Debut as a Literary Person” for inclusion into a book.
Dear Clemens: / I have been wrestling with Colonel Harvey, who is the Receiver of Harper & Brothers, in regard to your affairs. He assures me that the book of Short Stories is in the press, and will be brought out in a few days….[MTP]. Note: this was enclosed in Sam’s Jan 19 reply to Ferguson, and the rest of the letter was cut away.
January 10 Wednesday – Sam’s notebook: contains a bus or train schedule for a.m. and p.m. times, “Neasden
Lane, N.W. / Pillar Box” [NB 43 TS 5]. Note: an area of N.W. London.
January 11 Thursday – At 30 Wellington Court in London, England Sam replied to three lists of questions about his books from Adela M. Goodrich-Freer (1865-1931), English writer-traveler active in the Society for Psychical Research in Hertfordshire, England. She wrote under the pseudonym “Miss X”. Sam directly referred to Jimmy Reagan, but didn’t remember what he was called in the book; Boggs (in HF), whose real name was Smarr (Sam Smarr was shot at close range by William Owsley—see Jan 24, 1845 entry).
“If you have any easy questions in stock I am ready to chance an examination with Lang & the others, but as regards this present list the alleged unpreparedness of the War Office is not to be mentioned in the same day with my condition” [MTP].
Note: Jim Reagan saw Sam in 1902 in St. Louis and is mentioned in Sam’s ca. July 1902 to Laura Frazer. Andrew Lang joined the Society in 1904 after a long interest in both folklore and the supernatural. He would later head the Society.
Samuel S. McClure had a personal conference with Sam and wrote out his propositions.
“He wanted, first, to obtain control of Clemens’s books published by Harper & Brothers. Then he would
publish all of Clemens’s future works, for which he was willing to arrange a five-year contract at a royalty to Clemens of 20 per cent of the published price; (2) pay $150 per thousand words for sketches and stories of whatever length; (3) appoint Clemens editor of a department of miscellaneous contributions in the proposed magazine and allow Clemens 20 per cent of the annual profits of the magazine for a guaranteed profit of $25,000 over a period of five years. These terms were later revised to those mentioned above” [MTHHR 427-8n2]. Note: Sam’s response is reflected in his Jan. 13 to Rogers.
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.