[1904 Financials file MTP]. Note: Welland gives “30 October 1902, 2 August 1906
Second. Twenty percent copyright from the start. I enclose the documents covering the difference.
Third. Contracts for the two new books include the five year limit clause enclosed.
Fourth. The Spring book consisting of the Christian Science article, “The Russian Passport” and “Heaven and Hell” O.K. …
Fifth. I can waive the dramatization rights under the old contracts…but in justice to the concern…I could not possibly extend the five year limit to the old books… [MTP]. Note: Harvey asked Sam for a list of those he wanted at his birthday dinner.
October 28 Tuesday – In Riverdale, N.Y., Livy was well enough to sit outdoors for an hour without any negative consequences [Crane to Sewall Oct. 31].
Sam’s notebook: “3.30, Theodore Stanton” [NB 45 TS 32]. Note: Theodore Weld Stanton, son of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, suffragist. See Nov. 17, 1901; Stanton had tried to locate Sam’s “Napoleon” mountain in France.
October 29 Wednesday – J. Smither Jackson wrote from Surrey, England to Sam, asking for a few details about Mark Twain’s works: date of the first book published; total number published; which has had the longest circulation; did any of them concern Sam’s personal travels? Which did he consider his finest work; and where could he obtain a “good cabinet portrait of” Twain? [MTP]. Note: Sam wrote on the
env. “A curiosity / No Answer.”
October 30 Thursday – In Riverdale, N.Y. Sam wrote a postcard to the North American Review that he had mailed all three installments of “Christian Science” [MTP]. Note: he also noted it below:
Sam’s notebook: “Second tax-bill—a duplicate (dated Oct. 6, this time, & received Oct. 8) postpones
payment till day after to-morrow, Nov. 1 / [Horiz. Line separator] / Sent to-day for N.A.R.: / Xn Science 16
or 17,000 words / Previously: / Amended Obitu—700 words Pd. / (None of them paid for, yet” [NB 45 TS
32]. Note: Sam often neglected to write the closing parenthesis, even in letters.
Sam also wrote to James B. Pond.
I would strain several points for you, but I wouldn’t go on a platform & bring down another avalanche of invitations for the best $50,000 in America. I shall never read or lecture again, except in a private house, under absolutely private conditions, and within the city of New York.
Mrs. Clemens is doing as well as people do who have been bedridden 3 months with nervous prostration.
I have not seen her for a month. She will not be on her feet again for many months [MTP].
Sam purchased $2.75 worth of “potatoe cider” from Michael Droogan, billed on Nov. 1 [1902 Financials
Chatto & Windus’ Jan. 1, 1904 statement to Clemens shows 4,000 3s.6d. copies of Mark Twain’s Library of Humor were printed
(two) for 4,000 total .
James Whitcomb Riley inscribed a copy of The Book of Joyous Children (1902) to Sam: “To– / Samuel
L. Clemens, Esq. — / With hale greetings and acclaims, / James Whitcomb Riley. / Indianapolis: / Oct. 30—1902. / Though you find no ‘Jim’ within, / ‘Tom,’ nor ‘Huckleberry Finn,’ / You’ll find friends of theirs, I know / And gay pards of Long Ago” [MTP]. Note: this book not noted in Gribben.
The ledger books of Chatto & Windus show that 2,000 additional copies of Mark Twain’s Library of Humor were printed , totaling 14,000 [Welland 236].
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.