Dear Mr. Smith—: / I do not mind losing the Papiniano, but I shall miss the [Barlow] girls. I have been allowing myself to dream that they would consent to live in their house along with us, and play with our girls, and make life gay and innocent and frivolous and refine us, and life us up, and help us to be good so that in time
(the rest of it edited out by the fireside censor)
It is plain that
we should not have felt fre, in Papiniano: we should have had no feeling of
independence. As for me I should have felt that I was treading upon holy ground
all the time, and defiling it with unsanctified feet. That would have angered
me, it would have made me wish that that holy ground
in hell elsewhere
it belonged. I am not grieving about the loss of that sanctuary.
Miraville [another possibility suggested by Smith in his Sept. 5] does seem very attractive. We are a little afraid though that it may not have bed-rooms enough. We occupy 5 although we are but ourselves and two daughters in family. Could you employ some one to pencil off a simple plan of the house marking the sizes of the several rooms? Your brother [Edward Curtis Smith] drew a plan of Papiniano for us which explained the house perfectly. It showed us that we could have 9 bed rooms, besides servant rooms.
As for myself, I lean toward [Villa] La Luna, so I am waiting, with interest for your letter to come.
We are just as grateful to you as we can be, for taking all this trouble for us; and also for vouching for us financially so kindly and heartily; we thoroughly appreciate it. I mean to instruct the bank to send u100 to meet some of the outlays and a possible first payment on some Villa. Of course if it should be an expensive one I will at once send more.
It hurts me, that the [Barlow] girls should have made that unkind remark about contagious diseases, for it was unjust and undeserved. I give you my word I am the only person in this family that is addicted to them in anything like an intemperate and profligate way, and with the blessing of God I am breaking myself gradually, insomuch that I have hardly any of them this week. Sulphur is all I am using now. / Sincerely yours…[Orth 36; MTPO]. Note: Sam’s response suggests he knew the Misses Barlow.
Sam’s notebook: “Shylock Bliss stands out for his trifle of royalties” [NB 46 TS 24].
The Washington Times, p.5, ran an article with Sam’s Sept. 1 letter to Mark Bennett of the World’s Fair offices, St. Louis.
TWAIN WOULD RIDE WITH MONK’S GHOST
Great Humorist Who Immortalized Stage Driver Talks of St. Louis Exhibit.
That stage driver of the pioneer days played an important part in the development of the great West, and fairly won a place in the national history, is evidenced by the deep interest that has been aroused by the announcement that the Hank Monk relics will be exhibited by Nevada at the World’s Fair, St. Louis.
It has been announced that J. A. Yerrington, [sic Yerington] Nevada’s executive commissioner, has secured the old coach that Hank Monk drove—the one in which he took Horace Greeley into Placerville “on time,” and will use it at the World’s Fair as the coach of State for Nevada.
In “Roughing It” Mark Twain’s first famous book, Hank Monk was immortalized by the famous humorist, when he described the celebrated drive by which Hank Monk got the great editor into Placerville in time to keep a lecture engagement.
Dr. Clemens, at his picturesque Quarry Farm, in Elmira, N.Y., remembers well the thrilling early days, and when information reached him of Mr. Yerrington’s intention to exhibit the Hank Monk relics he said:
“This announcement brings a weight of years down upon my head. Those two names carry me back thirty-two years—Hank Monk and Yerrington. I think I was present when the watch was given Monk, but one cannot be very sure of things that happened in such ancient times. I am only sure that I knew Monk a little and that I knew Mr. Yerrington’s father well. I made one trip with Monk in that old stage; I wish I could be in St. Louis on my day next June and make one with his ghost.”
Hank Monk was a New Yorker, having been born in Waddington, St. Lawrence county. He was a stage driver all his life. He spent his early years driving a stage between Wellington and Massena. George A. Monk, a brother of the famous stage driver, now lives in Gouvernor, N. Y., and a sister, Mrs. R. N. Kellog lives in Hartford, Conn. George A. Monk has a number of relics that he will loan Mr. Yerrington [sic J.A. Yerington] and they will be added to the World’s Fair collection.
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.