Livy also wrote to Emilie R. Rogers (Mrs. H.H. Rogers).
It was four weeks yesterday since we had the delightful trip down the river in the yacht. It seems to have been my first entering into the world after my long seclusion. It was so great a pleasure to see you and Mr Rogers once more that it makes the memory of the day a pleasant one. The rest of the trip was very tiresome—the heat and dust of the train seemed unendurable after the yacht. I tried to turn and send a waving greeting back to you as we left the yacht but it seemed almost impossible to turn as the men carried me away. [MTHHR 535]. Note: Livy thanked Emilie for the flowers sent to her sickroom last winter and asked after Emilie’s mother.
Chatto & Windus’ Jan. 1, 1904 statement to Clemens shows 1,500 2s.0d. copies of HF were printed, for a total printed to date of 38,000 [1904 Financials file MTP].
July 31 Friday
August – At Quarry Farm in Elmira, N.Y. Sam inscribed his photograph with an aphorism to an unidentified person: “It is never too late to mend. There is no hurry. / Truly Your friend / Mark Twain ‘ New York, August 1908” [MTP].
August or September – In N.Y.C. Sam wrote to daughter Clara in Elmira.
Dear Ben, I expect to beat this letter home, but I don’t know yet.
I want to say this, in your private ear: there is a person who is counting on your being in Paris next winter studying music, & who is also counting on using you & assuming matronship over you for social purposes. I hope you are not going to Paris at all.
On the street this morning Mr.—I forget the name—accosted me & walked with me a little way—a teacher of yours, I think—Ruloo or Rudolph, maybe—& is going to give you letters to useful people in Paris (where I hope you won’t be). He will deliver them to you here at the Gross Vinneer.
Please ask Jean to write & say to that magazine that I will try to sit for that portrait-sketch when we are here in October.
There is a little black-&-white kitty on the yacht, now, just Riley’s size.
I saw Joe Goodman this morning—he is leaving for good in a day or two.
I’ve been to the osteopath this morning.
I’m sending all of you my love, & I beg your mother not to let Miss Sherry go. I wrote no one yesterday—merely sent that telegram [MTP]. Note: Margaret Sherry, Livy’s nurse. The international yacht races ran from Aug. 20 to Sept. 3; Sam’s mention of the kitty on the yacht, was likely a reference to watching the races from Rogers’ yacht, the Kanawha.
August 1 Saturday – At Quarry Farm in Elmira, N.Y. Sam wrote to Richard Watson Gilder, enclosing the July 30 from his nephew, Samuel E. Moffett, which asked for a seconding nomination for Mary E. Moffett for membership in the National Arts Club.
The enclosed is from my nephew, Samuel E. Moffett: I endorse him; on that will you grant his prayer? I’ve no doubt you dear & lovely Gilders are taking good care of Clara Clemens the beautiful but tough—you have our gratitude. And always our love.
SL. (for all Clemenses).
The Madam is still progressing—& Jean has arrived [MTP].
Sam also wrote to George Walbridge Perkins, Sr., Riverdale neighbor.
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.