Vol 3 Section 0765
I’ll send a substitute soon for Huck’s scripture about Moses & the candles. PS I’ve opened the cigar boxes since. And thanks again! [MTP].
Note: See July 27 notebook entry. Notes: Marcus Alonzo Klaw (1858-1936), (referred to as either Mark or Marc) attorney and partner of Abraham Erlanger (1859-1930). The two men were leading figures in the Theatrical Syndicate, established in 1896, along with Charles Frohman. Lee Arthur (1878-1917) wrote the play, which was unsuccessful. Arthur suffered a fractured skull in a 1906 fall on subway stairs, and died in Los Angeles in 1917 after an automobile accident.
Sam’s notebook again contains ideas/memory snippets for the 50 years after story: “I saw Ben in shroud.
Mesmerism—Dr. Grant, Richmond fire. / Sword-cane fight. / Cow climbing stairs / Marnell. / Hinton the editor. / Wales McCormick the apprentice. / Pet McMurray” [NB 45 TS 21-2].
Chatto & Windus sent statements covering the period Jan. 1, 1902 to July 1, 1902 for total royalties of £163.14.11 on single books and £21.9 on “Edition de Luxe” [MTP]. Note: Sam wrote on the env. “Also, Bliss
the same ($800 for 6 months).”
July 14 Monday – In York Harbor, Maine, Sam’s notebook contains more ideas/memory snippets for the 50
years after story : “The Hyde ruffians with their uncle down. / Mrs. Mann murderess / Haunted house—same as in Va. City. We are all assembled as ghosts when a new one arrives whom we had not counted on, for some reason. He frightens us to death & himself. ‘You to play ghost—you ain’t got judgment enough to play a live person” [NB 45 TS 22].
July 15 Tuesday – In York Harbor, Maine, Sam’s notebook contains ideas/memory snippets for the 50 years
after story: “The long ash on the cigar proves that there had been no struggle. / Aunt Betsy Smith, a dear old thing.
Nigger show. / Our masterless ‘boy’s dog’” [NB 45 TS 22].
July 16 Wednesday – In York Harbor, Maine Sam wrote to Isaac Kaufmann Funk (1839-1912), Lutheran minister, editor, lexicographer, publisher and founder of Funk & Wagnalls, Co. in 1890. “Maybe you let a body have a cloth copy for less than $10 when the applicant demands canvasser’s-commission-off. / But I want the book, anyway, if you recommend it” [MTP]. Note: The Standard Dictionary of the English Language published in 1893 was perhaps Funk’s most important work. It’s not clear which of Funk’s works Sam was after.
Sam also wrote to Prof. O.B. Sears at the Univ. of Va., Charlottesville. Who evidently had requested genealogical information on the Clemens line. Sam replied: “My father was John M. Clemens, but back of him—& even around him—I am in the dark. I think Bryan Clemens might know. His address is 3958 Washington ave., St. Louis” [MTP]. Note: see prior note on Bryan Clemens May 29, 1902.
Sam’s notebook: “Peter Lux & his Claude Lorraine—1889” [NB 45 TS 22]. Note: Claude Lorrain (1600 -1682) was a French baroque painter, who developed his own poetic-romantic style of classical landscape painting. Peter Lux has not been fully identified but there was a South African artist by that name. The significance of this entry is obscure.
L. Fred Silvers of Elizabeth, NJ wrote to Sam.
Dear Sir:—In the light of your recently quoted remark that Sunday School Libraries only circulated “Goody-Goody” books I though you might be interested in the fact that the Sunday School Library of the Central Baptist Church of this city of which I am librarian is perhaps the first S.S. Library in the country that has on its shelves a Complete set of your works [MTP].
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.