preference) would not do business on terms acceptable, did Sam have another preference or would he “leave the thing wholly in” Marbury’s hands? [MTP]. Note: Sam answered the next day, Dec. 3. George W. Broadhurst (1866-1952), playwright and manager. Ludwig Englander (1859-1914), Viennese born composer who scored nearly 30 Broadway musicals.
Henry Tyrrell from Collier’s Weekly wrote to Sam, following up on a talk they’d had on the previous Saturday (Nov. 30) and “setting forth in detail…the proposition submitted in behalf of Collier’s Weekly.” The offer was $10,000 for the year, asking for Sam to submit contributions “as in chatty correspondence with friends.” Would he meet with Robert J. Collier at luncheon in New York, at Sam’s convenience?[MTP]. Note: Sam wrote on the back of the last page “Collier’s proposition. Can’t accept.”
December 3 Tuesday – In Riverdale, N.Y. Sam replied to Elisabeth Marbury’s Dec. 2 question. He had no preferences after Francis Wilson, and so left the matter in her hands [MTP].
Frank Fuller wrote from N.Y. on his Health Food Co. stationery to Sam.
“My Dear Markibus; It never occurred to me to present you with an essay of mine written 20-odd years ago concerning soap & what may be accomplished by allowing a protecting lather thereof to dry on. I enclose it” [MTP]. Note: Fuller enclosed a folded flyer by his company on Gluten Soap, good for Cutaneous Affections, as a beautifier, for sunburn, potency as a Nutrient and as a Tooth-Wash. “In Chronic Diarrhea, enemas of a strong solution of Gluten Soap are especially valuable.” Fuller’s letter seems a reply to one (not extant) from Clemens.
December 4 Wednesday – In Riverdale, N.Y. Sam wrote to Horace N. Allen (1858-1932), American Minister in Seoul, Korea (1897-1905).
I am very glad to have that historical digest, & I thank you for sending it. I hope your boys have successfully resisted all of Tom & Huck’s efforts to dismoralize them, & that they are stronger for the resistance.
I was profoundly sorry to hear, last week, that Mr. Hunt is smitten with an illness & is far from his home. I hope he is well now….[MTP]. Note: Allen was a former Presbyterian missionary to Korea (1884-1890). The digest is not further identified.
Sam also wrote to Frank Fuller.
It saddens me to find that I am not in it, but no matter about that, your idea is just as valuable now as it was then; and if advertised in the right way will be some millions of times more valuable (pecuniarily) than it was then or is now. Rightly handled, it will puke money like a mint. There was an immense defect in your fashion of putting it before the public in that early day. Avoid that mistake this time [MTP]. Note: See Fuller’s of Dec. 3.
Sam also replied to Miss Muriel M. Pears (See Nov. 16) in Scotland wondering why she hadn’t sent her picture along with her letter, and telling her about the new house and setting in Riverdale:
If you were in this house, now, I would show you something!—a hundred forest trees mailed in ice & flashing in the sun; yes, & the imposing Hudson sweeping by, & the stately Palisades lifting their frosty precipices beyond. No doubt you have a good opinion of Scotland, but just wait till you come under this rook—then I will show you things! …
My wife & daughters—who are always intruding here because they have not been rightly disciplined—are desiring to know to whom I am writing such a long letter.
“To a girl.”
“And you 66 years old last Saturday.”
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.