his friend Mark Twain—Nov. 5, 1900.” Dated by Hutton on the fly-leaf, “Apr 21/70” [MTP: M.E. Wood, Laurence
and Eleanor Hutton: Their Books of Association, 1905, p.129].
Sam also inscribed Laurence Hutton’s copy of The Gilded Age to:: “To Laurence Hutton proprietor of this
book—reverence and love from the Author of it—to wit, Mark Twain Nov. 5, 1900” [MTP: M.E. Wood, Laurence and
Eleanor Hutton: Their Books of Association, 1905, p.129].
Note: the inscription of these books on Nov. 5 shows that they spent Saturday and Sunday nights with the Huttons, and probably returned to N.Y.C. on this day. Sam’s correspondence preparing to return to Princeton on Nov. 16 to 18, showed he was uncertain about a train on Sunday; his Nov. 16 to Rogers suggested he “sign next Monday when I return from Princeton.”
Sam’s notebook: “Smoking Tobacco Mild Virginia Peritive, Turkish, Imperial Cavendish A. Ahrens 67 Nassau st” [NB 43 TS 28].
November 5 or 12 Monday – At 1410 W. 10th in N.Y.C., Sam wrote to Chester Sanders Lord (1850-1933) , managing editor of the NY Sun and one of the founders of the Lotos Club: “I hold his Excellency in great honor & esteem…” [MTP: Howard S. Mott Inc. catalog, No. 202, Item 51]. Note: the catalog interprets the letter as a decline of an invitation to the Lotos Club, but his Nov. 2 to Matthews shows he was planning on the Nov. 10 engagement.
November 6 Tuesday – At 1410 W. 10th in N.Y.C., Sam wrote to Brander Matthews.
Dang it, I’m in Princeton 16th, 17th, & 18th to umpire the football game.
Gimme another chance!
Of course dedicate to me, if you will do me that honor. I shall be glad & proud [MTP]. Note: Gribben identifies the dedicated work as Matthews’ 1901 book, The Historical Novel and Other Essays .
Sam also wrote to Emilie R. Rogers (Mrs. H.H. Rogers), heading the letter “ ‘lection Day.”
Mrs. Clemens sends thanks & salutations, & will go to lunch with you on Friday & bring a daughter along.
I shall come before that & look over the ground with you anent the children-charity [MTHHR 454]. Note: misdated as Nov. 4 in source; corrected on MTPO. The source gives Jan 10, 1901 as a date for a reading Sam gave at the Rogers home, “presumably for the charity in which Mrs. Rogers was interested” [n1].
H. Montheré wrote a request (in French) to Sam asking to translate RI [MTP]. Note: Sam would not receive this for some time, answering on Jan. 25, 1901 and advising Chatto & Windus of his referral of the question to them.
William McKinley was reelected President of
the US. Gov. Theodore Roosevelt, Republican
of New York, Vice President.
November 7 Wednesday – Sam’s notebook: “Harry Rogers at Mr. Benjamins, 46 E 74th 4.30. / Send de luxe— lower than Charley to Miss Mary Benjamin,—write a note” [NB 43 TS 28].
Henry Huddleston (Harry) Rogers, Jr. married Mary Benjamin [MTHHR 743]. Note: Sam’s NB entry
reveals he attended the wedding at the Benjamin home, and gave a deluxe set of his books.
At 1410 W. 10th in N.Y.C., Sam wrote to Laurence Hutton.
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.