Can’t you borrow it for a few days from some Hartford member? If not, can’t your friends in Boston manage to buy one? [MTP].
Sam also wrote to the Chicago Daily Tribune. “Only at second hand. Pudd’nhead vindicated Francis Galt. This vindicates Pudd’nhead” [MTP: Chicago Daily Tribune, 5 March 1903, p. 1]. Note: Francis Galton, author of Finger Prints (1892), used in composing PW.
March 5 Thursday – Sam’s notebook: “Sloane, lunch / 109 E. 69 th” [NB 46 TS 11]. Note: likely Prof. William Milligan Sloane.
Martin Meyer wrote from Detroit, Mich. to Sam, enclosing copies from the Detroit Free Press and the Christian Science Church Manual. Meyer agreed with many of Sam’s criticisms of Mrs. Eddy; he was an ex-member of the church [MTP].
March 6 Friday – Sam’s notebook : “9 p.m. Mrs. Henry Draper’s. 271 Madison ave. / Dr. Rice, luncheon / 12.30 p.m.” [NB 46 TS 11]. Note: Anna Mary Palmer Draper, wealthy socialite; married Henry Draper (1837-1882) in 1867. Henry, a physician and amateur astronomer, best known now as a pioneer of astrophotography. Anna was his assistant when he became the first to photograph the Orion nebula. Henry’s father, John William Draper, prof. At NYU, had been the first to photograph the moon, in 1839-40. Henry won honorary LL.D. law degrees from NYU and University of Wisconsin-Madison.
March 7 Saturday – In Riverdale, N.Y. Isabel V. Lyon wrote for Sam to Franklin G. Whitmore
Mr. Clemens wishes me to say to you. “Do not forget to sell the property at some price, between now and the first of May. If it is not sold by that time it would be well to tear the house down, and let the ground stand, so reducing expenses—for in the last two months he has lost forty thousand dollars, for the lack of twenty five thousand in cash” [MTP].
Frederick Dolman wrote from London to Sam, asking him to name the illustrators in his books, as he was preparing an article for the Strand Magazine [MTP].
J.B. Weems of Ames, Iowa, sent a form letter and printed list of questions on issues about the farmer’s son and what advantages the country boy had over the city boy for success in life [MTP]. Note: Sam did not
reply; the self-address stamped env. remains in the file.
March 8 Sunday – Sam’s notebook: “Get fountain pen Mrs. Bergheim / Belsize Court / Belsize Park / London
N.W.” [NB 46 TS 11]. Note: Mrs. Samuel Bergheim, whose husband was Plasmon Co. Director.
Howard E. Wright wrote to Sam on Hotel Marlborough, NYC stationery. “Mr. Frank Webber formerly of Hartford is the chief clerk of this Hotel. He knows a New York man who is about to retire from active business who is looking toward Hartford as a peaceful abiding place. He will need a house…he thinks yours is the one that will suit him best…I have given Mr. Webber a card of introduction to you” [MTP].
Laurence Hutton wrote to Sam, the letter not extant but referred to in the Mar. 18 to Hutton [MTP].
March 9 Monday – In Riverdale, N.Y. Sam wrote to Lady Augusta Gregory, London.
I have been marvelling along through your wonderful book again, and trying to understand how those people could produce such a literature in that old day, and they so remote (apparently) from the well-springs and inspirations of such things. Or so remote, I am perhaps meaning to say, from the culture and training whence such fine literary art proceeds, such fine literary form, such force, imagination, expression. It puzzles
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.