All the testimony in regard to mother and daughter is at least hopeful, your, Clara’s, and Miss Lyon’s, to which is added a letter from Jervis, saying that you have seen Livy, and are cheered by her improved appearance. Also that Jean passed the critical Monday night to the entire satisfaction of Dr Moffett [sic] [MTP]. Note: Dr. Henry Moffat, Yonkers
George B. Harvey wrote to Sam.
I cannot tell you how sorry I am to hear of your daughter’s illness, and I sincerely hope that by this time the worst is over.
Regarding the contracts, I shall hold myself fully at Mr. Rogers’s convenience [MTP]. Note: the contract between Harpers and Sam were to expire; Harvey was desirous of extending the company’s exclusive rights. Sam would write a short note on this letter and send it on to Rogers on Jan. 1, 1903.
Late 1902: – Sam’s piece, “The Dervish and the Offensive Stranger” was not published during Twain’s life. Budd puts it at late 1902. It first appeared in Europe and Elsewhere (1923), edited and revised by Paine. It was also included in A Pen Warmed-up in Hell: Mark Twain in Protest¸ edited by Frederick Anderson, including emendations to Paine’s version [Collected 2: 1008].
Note: Sam Clemens’ income for all of 1902 was over $100,000, including some $60,000 from book royalties [NB 46 TS 3; J. Kaplan 360].
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.