August 17 Monday
August 18 Tuesday – Sam’s notebook: “Had to go to New York / [Horiz. Line separator] / 1896-1903” [NB 46 TS 23].
Mark Bennett of the World’s Fair 1904 wrote to Sam.
I hope you have a soft spot in your heart for Hank Monk, and all that pertains to him. It could hardly be otherwise when we consider how many millions of your readers in all parts of the world feel that they had a personal acquaintance with the man that Mark Twain made famous.
I Had the pleasure of meeting Mr. J. A. Yerington, Nevada’s commissioner to the World’s Fair [MTP]. Note: the Washington Times, Sept. 17, 1903, p.5 would run “Twain Would Ride With Monk’s Ghost,” mentioning J.A. Yerrington. See entry.
August 19 Wednesday – Sam’s notebook: “Col. [Harvey] sprung the ’95 contract—I had never heard of it before” [NB 46 TS 23].
August 20 Thursday – On Sept. 1 Sam wrote Joe Twichell that he was “in New York the whole month
under wearing & hateful compulsion of business & the races were a blessed rest & diversion for me” [MTP]. Note: This may explain the lack of letters extant this month from him. The International Yacht Races began on Aug. 20. See insert advertisement.
Sam’s notebook: “The yachts started at 11 a.m. precisely” [NB 46 TS 23].
August 21 Friday
August 22 Saturday
August 23 Sunday
August 24 Monday – Joe Twichell wrote from Blue Ridge, NY to Sam, wondering about Sam’s past “invitation” forthcoming for watching a yacht race on Mr. Rogers’ yacht. A newspaper which had reached him “in the heart of the Adirondacks” told of a yacht race, and if his attendance was counted on he would like to write Rogers an apology for being unable to come. He prayed Livy was improving, whom he expressed love for. “The prospect of your expatriation, except as it means benefit to her, is to us extremely dismal. I
do wish I might have just a look at her before you go. We shall return to Hartford about the 25th of Sept. You did not say when you were going to sail” [MTP].
August 25 Tuesday
August 26 Wednesday
August 27 Thursday – Sam’s notebook: “A P H / Let him climb his own ears & jump off into space. Lo, we are
tired of him” [NB 46 TS 23]. Note: possibly Theodore Roosevelt.
August 28 Friday
August 29 Saturday – At the Grosvenor Hotel in N.Y.C. Sam wrote to Will Larrymore Smedley, artist in Chatauqua, N.Y., thanking him for the landscape; Sam would send to Riverdale for it [MTP]. Smedley had illustrated a newer two-volume edition of GA and would also illustrate the small volume The Dog’s Tale in 1904.
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.