Sam’s notebook: “Text: Sloane’s talent is in superintending. While all the boarders were in tumult over the
fire, he alone was tranquil. He came, he saw, he superintended. Said, ‘Beruhigen sie Sich’—then: ‘Giessen sie
das Wasser &c’” [NB 46 TS 12]. Note: likely prof. William Milligan Sloane.
March 13 Friday – In Riverdale, N.Y. Sam wrote to Harper & Brothers.
Concerning the copyright of my works. With a view of having it clearly understood, please take notice that my preference is that you should copyright in my name always.
In regard to the Double Barrelled Detective story, and the Hadleyburg, copyrighted in your name and which you have assigned to me, I will be glad if you will have same recorded at Washington [MTP].
Sam also wrote on letterhead of Doubleday, Page & Co. to H.H. Rogers.
I gather that you are likely to be down Monday or Tuesday. In that case could you see Mr. Doubleday a moment, & let him get your judgement on the Bliss-Collier-Harper matter? He has been working at it about a fortnight & I think he has got it in promising shape.
If you will telephone him he will come down at any time.
Collier is getting restive, but I hope he won’t fly the track.
The cussed business is full of complications, but nearly all of them have been side-tracked.
By the latest word from the office I am glad to know that Mrs. Broughton is doing as well as the surgeons could expect [MTHHR 520-1]. Note: see source notes 1&2.
Lawrence J. Anhalt, “news correspondent,” NYC, wrote asking for “a very, very short interview” of three questions, which he provided [MTP]. Note: Sam wrote on the top of the letter: “As well satisfied with himself as if he thought the office of interviewer was a reputable one.” Anhalt (ca.1880-1946) was also a theatrical manager and producer.
Sam’s notebook: “Mrs. M.G. Goddard / 8.—7 E 35th. / Paley discovered that the watch was not made by accident but design, & it immortalized him. Bk named for him” [NB 46 TS 12; Gribben 524 in part]. Note: William Paley (1743-1805), A View of the Evidences of Christianity (1794).
March 14 Saturday – Sam’s notebook : “Delenda est Chicago—(must be blotted out.) APH / Sailor (?) that used to tell us about his murders & piracies, & do fool sailor-talk & incorrect—from books” [NB 46 TS 12].
John Hay wrote from Thomasville, Ga. to Sam. “I do not know when I shall be able to get to New York again. My daughter and grandchild are coming to Washington in April to save me a journey to the Imperial City. But if I am ever allowed to go then I will gladly let you know. I would dearly love a few hours talk with you.” Mrs. and Miss Sage were there and they all had had pleasant talks about Sam. He heard that Livy was better and was glad to hear it [MTP].
March 15 Sunday – Celia B. Whitehead wrote from Denver, Colo. to Sam, asking in melodramatic language where she might send the enclosed MS (not extant, probably returned) for publication. The MS had been rejected by The Outlook—why did he think that was? [MTP]. Note: Sam wrote on the letter, “Why
should she suppose I had time for such drudgery?”
March 16 Monday – Sam’s notebook: “APH / Mrs. J.L. Mott / 7 p.m. / 17 E 47th. 6.16 train / Life consists of thinking. The matters thought of & the manner of treatment determine the character of the resulting life” [NB 46 TS 12]. Note: this entry suggests Sam wrote a subject for a talk at the evening gathering at the Mott residence. See prior Mott entries, esp. Dec. 9, 1900.
Henry C. Griffin, attorney, wrote to Sam with news that the assessment on the Tarrytown house had been lowered to $50,000, with the taxes being $207.86, which should be paid before Apr. 6 [MTP].
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.