June 15 Friday – Sam’s notebook: “When you climb the hill of happiness, may you never meet a friend. / Beefsteak Club 9 Green st., Leicester after 3” [NB 43 TS 16].
June 16 Saturday – Sam’s notebook: “Ask Mac[Alister] about R.S.V.P. Royal Society / & GOUT / ANSWER LANG. / Irving’s Opening. ” [NB 43 TS 16]. Note: No recent incoming is extant from Andrew Lang. Sam may have been referring to the upcoming July 17 opening of The Merchant of Venice at the Lyceum Theatre, which ran to July 28; Irving played Shylock; Ellen Terry played Portia.
June 17 Sunday – Sam’s notebook: “The Earl of Jersey. Tea; also dinner / Osterley. Park Station. Leave Vic., — 4.11 (4.11) Earls Ct 4.26 (change?) (at Mill Hill Park?) / Return. Lv. Osterly / Lv. Osterley 10.47 / (Change at Mill Hill Park [)]” [NB 43 TS 16-17]. Note: Victor Albert George Child Villiers, 7th Earl of Jersey (1845–1915), banker, Conservative politician, and Governor of New South Wales (1891-1893).
At 30 Wellington Court in London, Sam wrote to C.E. Fagan that he “would gladly send you a copy, but I have never had a book-plate.” He apologized for not answering sooner [MTP]. Note: Possibly Charles Edward Fagan (1855-1921), Asst. Secretary of the Natural History Dept. of the British Museum.
The New York World, p. E1, ran a brief interview with Sam: “Mark Twain Says He’s Discouaged.” Twain expressed regrets about having to postpone the family’s return to America until October [MTCI 345].
June 18 Monday – Sam’s notebook: “Plasmon 12? / Phil May. 9.30” [NB 43 TS 17].
June 19 Tuesday – Sam’s notebook: “£5 Enid / Cox & Co—tailor. Order. BLACK PANTS / Will langs come, 5? LANG / NOON—Hulse. / 18 Stanhope Gardens / Mrs. Halsey, 8. Ask Mr. Chapin for the address./ Hannover 1 or 2” [NB 43 TS 17]. Note: Enid Stoker. Mrs. Halsey not further identified. Robert Chapin. Square after “Hannover” drawn in = Hannover Square.
June 20 Wednesday – Sam’s notebook: “Joseph Pulitzer, 1.30—8 Chesterfield Gardens Curzon st. / Royal Society, 9.
(pm?) Burlington House” [NB 43 TS 17].
Sam and Livy had been invited by the Royal Society to a gathering at 9 p.m. on this evening. He accepted on June 14.
June 21 Thursday – Sam’s notebook: “Seton Thompson. / MacArthur—1.15. Berkeley Restaurant. / CALL at 22 Wilton st (Bridge) about 5. / Mrs. Clemens, Mrs. Bigelow / Plasmon 12? / Lady Trelawney 13 Lancaster Gate W.—10 p.m. / 5 lb. PLASMON” [NB 43 TS 17].
June 22 Friday – Sam’s notebook: “H.L. Trower 9 Bryanston St . Kinsmen, 8 Willis’s Rooms King st St James’s Penley’s. Go to MacA 20 H at 12.45. / Then to GOERTZ” [NB 43 TS 18].
At 30 Wellington Court in London, Sam wrote to Joe Twichell.
I attended a Kinsmen dinner to-night, the first I have “been at” since we elected you & Toole at the Players some years ago. The full list of American & English members is on the back of this. I was the doyen to-night, Gilder next. E.A. Abbey could have claimed precedence of us, but he was not present. It is a more respectable gang of men that I had supposed it was. I don’t think there is a fault to be found with the English contingency.
It is now past midnight, but I am stealing a moment to write you this line before Livy bangs the gong. Jean is prospering very nicely indeed; so nicely that we have given up the voyage to Sweden & have taken
a country house in London for 3 months. It is called London, but is really just on the outer edge. The house is on high ground in the midst of several acres of grass & forest trees, & is wholly shut out from the world &
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.