understand, & then I come to find out I didn’t. I love you darling, sleep well, dearest [LLMT 342; MTP]. Note: William W. Appleton was leasing the Wave Hill house to the Clemenses. “Blennerhasset” was Sam’s name for the pesky squirrels at Lake Saranac, but also given to a favorite cat at Riverdale; here he undoubtedly referred to a Riverdale squirrel.
Sam’s notebook: “McKinley (& the poem). / Xn Science & Harpers. / Their ¶ of Apl. 11/03 in the trade paper: / [Horiz. Line separator] / Barnum / [Horiz. Line separator] / James W. Paige / [Horiz. Line separator] / Twichell / Warner / Hawley” [NB 46 TS 8].
William Archer Purrington (b. 1852), attorney for the NY Medical Society, wrote from NYC to Sam.
Dr. Rice asked me on the telephone last Friday to send you so much of what I have said of “Mother” [Mary Baker Eddy] as I could lay hands on. … I have met you often, at Laurence Hutton’s, at Sir Henry Irving’s table and generally in partibus. But I know that you will promptly send me a copy of your complete works, as is customary among “us authors,” you ante your complete works and I will go mine better; Thus I regard the sending of this book to you as a speculation worthy of Mr. John Gates when he is most afar [MTP]. Note: Purrington wrote on laws concering the medical field, and had done several articles for the NY Sun denouncing Christian Science. He also authored Christian Science; An Exposition of Mrs. Eddy’s Wonderful Discovery, etc. (1900) [Gribben 563].
January 26 Monday – In Riverdale, N.Y. Sam wrote a note to Livy.
Jan. 26—night. / I am where the Mutiny is approaching, Livy dear—April 22—then the 30th–-then May 8th — that awful shadow creeping upon them stage by stage, & they don’t know it. May the 9th, & they are easy & comfortable, & think it was a trifling flurry & has blown over. May the 10 & they are junketing—& the slaughter & the butchering & the burning is raging at Meerut! & they don’t suspect.—by gracious there is something immensely moving & dramatic about that creeping shadow & those poor self-satisfied people’s unconsciousness of it!
I am loving you, dearest, good-night, dearheart & sleep well [MTP]. Note: Sam was reading Cawnpore (1899) by Sir George Otto Trevelyan (1838-1928). See Gribben 711-12.
Sam’s notebook: “Charley Clark / John T. Raymond / Gerhardt, sculptor / (Nathan Hale ‘$150 will secure the vote.’ It was furnished. / C.D.W. [Charles Dudley Warner] collected $25 of me to buy votes for Senator Hawley. Said conduct of democrats made it justifiable” [NB 46 TS 8].
Samuel M. Bergheim for the Plasmon Syndicate wrote from London to Sam. “I was really quite astonished when I heard from Mr. Wright that you had had no information about our work here. I was almost certain that Mr. MacAlister was in frequent communication with you…otherwise I would have written before. Our secretary did send you a Report of our Annual Meeting, and I am sorry that it never reached you.” Bergheim then offered positive sales numbers and progress with the business [MTP].
Harper & Brothers wrote to Sam. “Will you kindly let us know when we may expect the copy for the Christian Science volume? We should be very pleased to put the volume in the hands of the compositors at once, so that it can be prepared for the early trips of our travellers among the trade” [MTP].
W.H. Jewell, “an intimate friend” of Jack Van Nostrand of the Quaker City excursion, wrote to Sam. Jewell had had an argument with someone about what was Mark Twain’s second book—Jewell claimed it
was RI [MTP]. Note: his second book was IA, July, 1869; his first, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Cavaleras County and Other Sketches, May 1867.
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.