Vol 3 Section 0644

588                                                                        1901

“I feel drawn to King Edward because he has an acute sense of humor. It is a good thing to have in a monarchy. There is a legend that the peasants, after the battle of Boswell’s Field, found a rosebush on which there were two roses, one white, one red. And they grew together; the white taking on the blush of the red. The one was of Lancaster, the other of York. Since then, at times whenever England has been threatened with war with a friendly nation, this double rose has appeared, and its fragrance has gone over England and war has been averted.


“I have always leaned toward the Edwards, but I have admired Henry VIII. He was a great King. I would like to do myself as he did. He married pretty nearly every one who came along.

“A King has a pretty difficult time of it. He is subject to temptations. So am I. But I get no credit for resisting.

“They taxed my head once in England. I mean my literary producing structure. I think they taxed it as gas works. I don’t know what else. I wrote the good Queen a friendly letter about it. I said, ‘I don’t know you, but I’ve met your son. He was at the head of a procession on the Strand and I was on a bus.’

“Years afterward at Homburg I met the Prince of Wales. We had a long walk and talk together. When shaking hands goodbye, he said, ‘I am glad to have met you again.’ That made me feel very sorry, for I feared he took me for some one else, perhaps Bishop Potter, and I told him so. Then he said, ‘Why, don’t you remember when you met me on the Strand and I was at the head of a procession, and you were on a bus?’ “

November 10 SundaySam’s notebook: “Return—11.35—12.30. / Bram Stoker, lunch Irving, dinner, 7, Players—Riggs Last train, 10.45” [NB 44 TS 17]. Note: entry suggests Sam stayed in town after the King’s Birthday celebration at Delmonico’s, had lunch and dinner, and took the last train back to Riverdale.

November 11 MondaySam’s notebook: “Jos. Johnson—10-11. / What is the difference between an optimist of 50 & a fool? Do not know of any” [NB 44 TS 17].

November 12 Tuesday – W.B. Forster Bonall (Borrill?) for The Echo (London) wrote to Sam: “Would you mind if I interviewed you from a distance about humor?” He was trying to make his paper pay but admitted “it’s hard work” [MTP]. Note: “last name doubtful”

November 13 WednesdaySam’s notebook: “Anti-Imp. League—501-Fifth Ave, cor. 42d—4 p.m. rooms of Mr. Forney” [NB 44 TS 17]. Note: Sam attended a meeting of officers of the Anti-Imperialist League of New York. His participation is also mentioned in a news release about the meeting circulated later by Edward W. Ordway [Zwick

email Oct. 20, 2007].

November 14 Thursday

November 15 FridaySam’s notebook: “Carey & portraits of Wash &c. / Why’nt you go to hell?—no Irish there

        / A lie is an abomination [U] / Faith is believing what y’ know ain’t so. [U] / The callant died [?] / Pate de fois gras / May yr hon live till y’ collect it. [C] / The lost trunk—French [C] / What streets have you? [U] / We’ll see two cubs—

         / He won’t let me go to par when he can get me at 30 off. [U] / Lightning bug & lightning / Josh” [NB 44 TS 17]. Note: All above items save the last were lined through; an editor’s note at the right margin: “C & U [marks made at right of each item] represent specimens of conscious & unconscious humor” See Nov. 18 & 19 NB entries, where Sam discusses conscious and unconscious humor. Likely William Carey.

November 16 SaturdayIn Riverdale, N.Y. Sam wrote to Frank Fuller.

“With the enfeebling big adjective squelched & the commendation strengthened by the substitution of a smaller one I think the remark will now do to print.

“Excuse brevity & haste—I am crowding a piece of work to a finish today” [MTP].

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