George B. Harvey forwarded to Sam copies of the regrets and acceptances for his 67th birthday celebration dinner [MTP].
John P. Hermann wrote from St. Louis to Sam offering an “obituary” for his Harper’s Weekly contest:
“He lies here still as he did before” [MTP].
Frederick William Peabody (b. 1862), member of the law firm of Peabody, Baker, and Peabody; and an outspoken critic of Christian Science, wrote to Sam, enclosing a copy of his address on Christian Science, and “shall be greatly obliged for our perfectly candid opinion of it” [MTP]. Note: Sam wrote on the env. “Author of the pamphlet”
G.W. Potts wrote from Asbury Park, N.J. to Sam, offering an “obituary” for his Harper’s Weekly contest
Charles W. Stoddard wrote from Washington, D.C.—twice to Sam. In the first note he advised he’d heard from Harriott and got his check for $250 “on a/c”, though Stoddard wasn’t sure what that meant. Perhaps forgetful? Stoddard sent another note, again saying he’d rec’d the check and hoped it was good
Randolf Stuart wrote from Nelson, B.C., Canada to Sam offering an “obituary” for his Harper’s Weekly contest [MTP].
December 3 Wednesday – Sam’s notebook: “Jean, Katy & I returned from the Elmira wedding” [NB 45 TS 34].
Note: Sam dared not travel alone with Jean due to her epilepsy, and so took Katy along, who had family in Elmira.
December 4 Thursday – In Riverdale, N.Y. Sam wrote to Frederick C. Harriott who had coughed up part of the $500 owing Charles W. Stoddard. For weeks Sam and William Dean Howells had been acting in Stoddard’s behalf to recover money owed from Harriott, a literary agent in Boston.
I have letters from Mr. Stoddard in which he acknowledges the receipt of your check for two hundred and fifty dollars on account. It will be a pleasure to me to report this to the publishers and editors with whom and for whom I am acting in this matter. I wish you had sent Stoddard the remaining hundred and fifty dollars and finished the incident. I think it ought to be sent to him at once, together with the three mss (“Over a Wall.” “Three Days of Grace”, and “The Tales of Two Ulsters”) then he will report to me. I am purposely saying nothing about a commission from Stoddard to you; you will concede, yourself, that a charge for your services would add but little to the gravity of the situation [MTP].
Sam also wrote to James B. Pond, who evidently had crossed a line of Sam’s.
You are making it very hard for me. Don’t do that. In my lecturing days I met my obligations toward friends and charities, and I shall never deliver another public lecture. When I do a private one it has to be in a private dwelling, and not elsewhere. There must be a pledge, on honor, that no mention shall be made of it in print, by poster, advertisement or newspaper reference; that the house shall be strictly closed against newspaper reporters; and that all possible means be used to keep the matter out of print, both before and after the lecture; finally that the tickets shall be at a good price and not a cheap one; if the audience cannot be gathered by private invitation, then there is to be no audience. I have one such engagement at present, and shall fill it; I had another but cancelled it, because I found that a newspaper man knew about it. I know that these are fiendish conditions but I can’t modify them. If you want to take a chance in them I’m your man [MTP]. Note: Sam also wrote that Livy “makes a little progress.”
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.