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Kingsbridge) the day before” [MTP]. Note: R.G. Newbegin Co. had distribution rights for the American Publishing Co.’s version of Mark Twain’s Uniform Edition.
Sam also wrote to an unidentified person. The only text available is the mention of Porto Rico cigars: “a
breed which I have been experimenting with” [MTP: C.F. Libbie catalogs, 27 Jan. 1914, Item 372].
Sam, along with hundreds others, endorsed a petition to the United States Senate “favoring suspension of hostilities in the Philippine Islands” [MTP]. The New York Times, p.3, dateline WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 ran the following:
PETITION TO STOP WAR.
Senator Hoar Presents One Signed by Well-Known Men.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4.—Senator Hoar (Rep., Mass.,) presented to-day a petition signed by a number of distinguished citizens of this country, praying for the suspension of hostilities in the Philippine Islands and asking that an opportunity be given for a discussion of the situation between the Government and the Filipino leaders. The following are among the names attached to the petition:
Carl Schurz, George F. Edmunds, Judson Harmon, J. Sterling Morton, George S. Boutwell, Charles Francis Adams, W. D. Howells, Mark Twain, the Rev. C. H. Parkhurst, W. Bourke Cockran, Robert Treat Paine, T. K. Boyesen, Bishop Huntington, Bishop Vincent, Anson Phelps Stokes, John Burroughs, and William Lloyd Garrison.
Included in the list are the names of thirty-six professors in the University of Chicago and a number of other educators. [Note: George Frisbie Hoar.]
Sam’s notebook: “Dr. Parker (of New York)’s daughter married a mish [missionary] & went to South Africa. She had her father send his money-presents to her thro’ the American Board [of Missions]. Not a good idea for The Board subtracted the like sums from the Missionary’s salary! This is told me by Mrs. Julius Gay, who is able to prove it. (of Farmington, Conn.)” [NB 45 TS 3].
February 5 Wednesday – In Riverdale, N.Y. Sam turned down an invitation from Arthur H. Dakin at the University Club in Boston (Incoming not extant).
I should enjoy it ever so much if I were younger & gayer, but I am at that lazy stage of life when one does not leave the chimney corner except under compulsion of the sheriff. And so, I can only return my earnest thanks for the honor done me by the invitation, & stay by the fire & dream dreams & nurse my senilities
Sam also wrote to Alice M. Ditson (Mrs. Charles H. Ditson):
To Mrs. Ditson, with kindest regards:
[drawing of nonsensical staff of music]
We invariably feel sad in the presence of music without words; and often more than that in the presence of music without music [MTP]. Note: Charles H. Ditson (1845-1929) was a music publisher and head of the Oliver Ditson Co. of Boston and the Charles H. Ditson Co. of N.Y. Alice (d. 1940.)
Sam also began a letter to Francis H. Skrine that he added to on Feb. 7, 11, and 13: “Dear Skrine: The book arrived yesterday evening, & I got as far as the Leonard wedding in India before bed called for me”
[MTP]. Note: Skrine’s book: The Life of Sir William Wilson Hunter (1901).
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.