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486                                                                        1901

Sam also wrote to Miss Mary Elizabeth Phillips (1857 -1945), American author in N.Y.C., saying her “book is a favourite with this family, and therefore it was at once seized and carried off when it came,” so he hadn’t yet discovered the defects she wrote of, but he thanked her for sending it [MTP]. Note: Gribben lists only a 1903 book by Phillips, Laurel Leaves for Little Folk [544]. Phillips’ books prior to 1901 include Reminiscences of William Wetmore Story, the American Sculptor and Author, etc. (1897); Handbook of German Literature (1895); and possibly Tommy Tregennis (no date) [WorldCat].

Sam also wrote to an unidentified person. “I got great contentment out of your destruction of that prison, and I hope you will do some more slaying of that kind when opportunity offers” [MTP: Bodley Book Shop catalogs, No. 107,

Item 581].

Outlook ran an anonymous article using Twain’s title, “To a Person Sitting in Darkness,” p.386-7. Tenney: “MT’s article in the North American Review ‘will have no effect on the opinion of the fairly informed, unprejudiced, and independently thoughtful student of current affairs….Most Americans will think that American soldiers and Christian missionaries are as much entitled as Satan not to be condemned without a hearing’”[34].

Review of Reviews (London), p. 254-6 ran a summary of Mark Twain’s, “To the Person Sitting in Darkness” from the N.A. Review of Feb. Tenney: “A few words of praise are given, but no significant review” [34].

February 17 Sunday – Edwin L. Godkin wrote compliments of Twain’s “Sitting in Darkness” article


Charles Erskine Scott Wood of Portland, Ore. wrote complimenting the “Sitting in Darkness” article “it’s a great work. It’s effective, do it some more.” He would be in N.Y. around Mar. 8; was there a chance of seeing him? [MTP]. Note: Wood was a partner in the law firm of Williams, Wood & Linthicum.

unidentified wrote from Utica, N.Y. to Sam about the Dreyfus case. “The end is not yet” [MTP].

February 18 MondayAt 1410 W. 10th in N.Y.C., Sam sent his decline-to-lecture form letter (see Feb.

entry) to Wallace E. Mason, attorney and principal of the High School in Leominster, Mass. Note:

(pronounced by natives and the editor’s daughter who lives there, as “Lemon stah”—displaying a native eschewing for the letter ‘R’) [MTP].

Sam also wrote another letter to the N.Y. Tribune editor, observing that “several of your correspondents are still troubled about the Ament matter.” Sam had written to the mission headquarters in China and wrote he would publish whatever they said about Ament, and that he would “be as glad as any one if the result shall exonerate Mr. Ament & leave him blameless” [MTP]. Note: Sam’s letter is not the same as the unpublished article, “The Case of Rev. Dr. Ament, Missionary,” written this month [MT Forum posting by Zwick 26 Nov 2007].

Sam gave a speech at a Players Club dinner honoring David Alexander Munro (d.1910), general

manager, then editor of the North American Review                                                                                                and assistant editor after George B.

Harvey purchased the journal in 1899 [Fatout, MT Speaking 668]. Sam’s notebook: “Monday night, 7.30 Players,

Mr. Munro” [NB 44 TS 6].

Frank T. Bayley, “an admirer of Mr Clemens” wrote from Denver, Colo. to express the hope that Sam would “take pains to learn the truth” in the Ament matter “and should he find himself in error will be just enough to make such amends to Mr. Ament and the cause he represents” [MTP].

William P. Lovett wrote from Rochester Theological Seminary (NY) to thank him for “Sitting in Darkness” article [MTP].

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