Guess again! Jim Foreman is in one of the books, but you have not spotted him. The “new boy” you refer to was Jim Reagan—just from St. Louis.
I saw Jim Foreman before I took the train for Hannibal.
With the warmest regards, / Your ancient friend, / S. L. Clemens [MTP: Hannibal Evening Courier-Post, Mar.
6, 1935]. Note: Dr. Everett Gill of Hannibal. Jim Foreman is not further identified.
July 1 Tuesday – Sam’s notebook: “First ½ payment to be made on York Harbor ($300.) / Mrs. E. Hartwig will call. / 16 W. Friendship st / Providence, R.I. / from the Queen of Roumania” [NB 45 TS19]. Note: Mrs. Hartwig had been in the Queen’s court for many years; see Queen to MT May 9, 1902; also Sam’s letter of recommendation for Mrs. Hartwig Nov. 16, 1904.
About this day Franklin G. Whitmore requested more autographs as he had “a large demand for them. Please send me a thousand or so” [MTP]. Note: Sam tore off the top of the letter and on July 3 wrote on the bottom, so the date of Whitmore’s is estimated.
July 2 Wednesday – In York Harbor, Maine Sam wrote to Jules Eckert Goodman, who was seeking an extension for his play to include the next season. In a short paragraph Sam referred him to Elisabeth Marbury, who acted as Sam’s sole agent in matters dramatization [MTP].
Sam also wrote to a man identified only as Mr. Ar ——– , 122 Mansfield, Montreal, Canada: “I think that
without doubt I did, but I don’t remember, now, what the word was” [MTP].
Sam’s notebook: “Man. / Autob” [NB 45 TS19].
July 3 Thursday – In York Harbor, Maine Sam wrote three notes to Franklin G. Whitmore. The first included a check for taxes, postdated July 14. He sent it early “to have it off my mind.” The second note: “I want no correspondence with those people. But you can say you submitted it to me & it was found to be correct. (Please use just those precisewords.)”. The third replied to a request for a thousand more autographs. “I’ve no cards, & now I’m about out of paper. When you have an applicant, cut him off a coupon” [MTP].
July 4 Friday – In York Harbor, Maine Sam inscribed How to Tell a Story and Other Essays to James B. Pond [MTP].
July 5 Saturday – In York Harbor, Maine Sam wrote to James B. Pond. “Your belated pad of paper arrived last night. Why didn’t you send your letter & pad together—like a rational person. Shall I write the 26 again?”
Sam also wrote again to Pond. The beginning of the letter is missing.
Yes, I will advise you, willingly. As between Davos & the Adirondacks, for the sick member, I should advise the Adirondacks. The health-conditions are the same—a healing dry air & perfectly pure—& one can get to the Adirondacks in quick time, in great comfort, & without trouble. It is a pleasure trip, & one cannot say this of the journey to Davos, from either America or any part of Europe. All of you—sick & well alike— will find the lakes & woods & mountains a restful, invigoration & body-& spirit-contenting paradise, under all conditions & in all weathers and seasons, spring, summer, autumn & winter [MTP]. Note: Davos, Switzerland.
Harper’s Weekly ran a review of “A Double-Barrelled Detective Story” on p. 717, “A Banquet of Sensations.” Also, “Mark Twain Unveils a Tablet to Eugene Field,” ran in this issue on p. 851 [Tenney 36].
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.