February 13 Wednesday –
C.E.D. Phelp of New Brunswick, N.Y. wrote compliments of Twain’s “Sitting in Darkness” article wrote compliments of Twain’s “Sitting in Darkness” article [MTP].
M.J.C. Russell of Milford, Mass. wrote compliments of Twain’s “Sitting in Darkness” article [MTP].
February 12 Tuesday – Sam’s notebook: “Harvey, 7.00. He will send carriage for me” [NB 44 TS 6].
At 1410 W. 10th in N.Y.C., Sam wrote to Albert Simmons.
“I wish I could be of service to you, in which case I should gladly avail myself of the opportunity, but I am unable for the reason that I have not written anything about the club, at any time so far as I remember” [MTP: Swann Galleries catalogs, Sept.14, 2000, Item 249]. Note: Simmons and the club are not identified.
Sam also wrote to R. Winchell on a Sept. 12, 1868 autographed note by Washington Irving: “Dear Sir: (Consider Mr. Irving’s note re-written; here), / Truly Yours” [MTP]. Note: had Winchell requested Sam’s autograph on this old document from Irving?
Sam also wrote an answer to Judson Smith’s Feb. 7 complaint but did not send it. It now is incomplete, with missing pages [MTP]. Cue: “Yes, I inquired, with this result: Mr. Chamberlain” [MTP]. UCCL 12983 letter is
Sherman R. Hand of Natick, Mass. wrote compliments of Twain’s “Sitting in Darkness” article, reflecting on how the humorist was now a patriot [MTP].
General Oliver O. Howard wrote thanks to Sam for introducing Henry Watterson the previous night at Carnegie Hall [MTP].
Thomas B. Payne, associate pastor at The Every-Day Church, Boston wrote compliments of Twain’s “Sitting in Darkness” article [MTP].
Frank Stephens of Stephens, Cooper & Co., Phila. wrote compliments of Twain’s “Sitting in Darkness” article: “Servant of God, well done” [MTP].
John Tierney of N.Y.C. wrote compliments and a few poems about Twain’s “Sitting in Darkness” article
[MTP]. Note: Sam wrote on the env. “Poetry—pretty good”
Sam’s notebook: “Early
dinner at Dr.
Rice’s—then Weber & Fields /
Astor-Waldorf 4 p.m. Osteopathy ? Vanderbilt ?” [NB 44 TS 6]. See
At 1410 W. 10th in N.Y.C., Sam replied to retired General Oliver O. Howard’s Feb. 12 letter. “You are a busy man, and I thank you cordially for taking the time to say those pleasant and welcome words” [MTP].
Sam also wrote to the editor of the N.Y. Tribune . (This letter ran Feb. 15 in the paper on p. 3. Many other letters to the editor were printed about Twain’s “Sitting in Darkness” article.
To the Editor of the Tribune.
Sir: This is Rev. Ament’s arraignment of himself—not my arraignment of him, as charitably suggested by Rev.
Dr. Smith. It was cabled from China, and appeared in the “The Sun” December 24:
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.