May 7 Wednesday – Sam’s notebook: “Train 6.40—arr. 7.9. / Dinner here—7.30. Robt. McClure & Jaccaci” [NB
45 TS 12]. Note: August F. Jaccaci, art director for McClure’s Magazine.
Blanche E. Weekes wrote from Baltimore to Sam.
I send you by this mail a copy of the dramatisation of your book “Prince and Pauper.” I hope it will meet with your approval, and can find enough merit to permit it submitted to a manager.
I think the acts may be a little short, and have planned a lengthening of each, which I can accomplish without loss of time, should it be deemed advisable.
If you desire any alteration, or Miss Marbury either, shall be glad to carry out the suggestion [MTP]. Note:
Sam wrote on the bottom of the letter and sent it to Elisabeth Marbury on May 13.
May 8 Thursday – Sam’s notebook: “Dine with the Halls” [NB 45 TS 12]. Note: Frederick J. Hall, Sam’s old partner at C. L Webster & Co. The Halls had visited the Clemenses at Dollis Hill in Sept. 1900.
Livy’s diary: “Mr John Quincy Adams, Mr George de Forest Brush, Mr Duncan, Miss Grace Dodge, Miss
May Dodge & Miss [Anne] Sedgwick here for tea. We dined with Mr & Mrs Henry Hall” [MTP: DV161].
E. Church of Riverdale wrote to Sam, advising him that John Quincy Adams telephoned a message that
“wishes to call upon you this [Illegible word] at 4 oclock & bring with him the distinguished American Artist Mr. de Forrest Brush” [MTP]. Note: George de Forest Brush (1855-1941), American painter and friend of Abbott H. Thayer.
May 9 Friday – Sam’s notebook entry consists of a list of possible readings, though no appearance for this date
has been found; “Death of Mary / Tearing down the stable / Watermelon / Dead man / Getting measles /
Conspiracy” [NB 45 TS 12]. Note: it is possible Sam did a reading at the Gilder reception mentioned below:
Livy’s diary: “Dined with Mr & Mrs Chapin; went to Mrs Gilder’s reception in the evening” [MTP:
Sam mentioned the New York Tribune in some book marginalia. Gribben writes: “at the bottom of a page
in which Meredith Townsend—Asia and Europe (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1901), p.15—reminds readers that ‘it is hardly a century since torture was disused’ in Europe, Clemens rejoins: ‘It is used in New York. See Tribune of to-day (May 9/02)’” .
Nathaniel Pasternak wrote from N.Y.C. two letters to Sam, the second to give an address. In the first:
We rejoice in the anticipation of your visit to the M.T.L.L.
As to the manner of the occasion—shall it be at an informal meeting with the boys? Or in the presence of our friend besides? In the latter case with have the privilege of the auditorium for any night. The boys I think prefer this. At any rate your convenience is our primary consideration.
Our regular meetings are on Saturday night 745 PM. If you care to see me about the matter, I will gladly come up any afternoon after 3:30 or evening. With hearty greeting from the boys….[MTP]. Note: Sam wrote
on the env. “Come up & see me about the boys / ans / Postpone till say the middle of June—then send for him.” The second note gave the corner of Cannon & Rivington Streets for the Alfred Corning Clark Neighborhood House.
Hélène Elisabeth Picard wrote to Sam having rec’d P&P and HF from Christian B.Tauchnitz at Sam’s
request. “I really do not know how to thank you, it was so kind of you to send them!” She raved about the books [MTP].
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.