“I shall see you very soon, in Rome” [MTP].
Abbott Handerson Thayer and Emma B. Thayer: “I thank you out of my heart dear Mr. & Mrs. Thayer.”
To an unidentified: “We that are left, send love.”
To an unidentified: “Her last regret was that she had left Riverdale.”
To an unidentified: “You have said the true word: I did worship her” [All MTP].
June 22 Wednesday – At the Hotel de la Ville in Florence Sam sent the same “TO WHOM THIS SHALL COME” note to William Wilberforce Baldwin in Rome, and added,
Sam also sent the same “TO WHOM THIS SHALL COME” note to William Archer in London, and added “I know she is gone, dear Mr. Archer, but I do not realized it I cannot give her up” [MTP].
Sam also sent the same “TO WHOM THIS SHALL COME” note to John Y. MacAlister in London, and added, “We sail from Naples, June 28. Great love to you & Mrs. Mac Alister” [MTP].
Sam also sent the same “TO WHOM THIS SHALL COME” note to Bram Stoker in London, and added, “To the Bram Stokers, with the love of those that are left” [MTP].
Sam also sent the same “TO WHOM THIS SHALL COME” note to Franklin G. Whitmore and Harriet E. Whitmore, and added, “I thank you dear Mrs. Whitmore, for those words of loving appreciation of her. She loved you with all her heart. How fine she was, how dear she was, how beautiful was her spirit” [MTP].
Note: these 5 notes were all postmarked June 22; Addressed in Isabel V. Lyon’s hand.
Sam’s notebook: “Ugo Piemontino [sic Piemontini] left for Leghorn with the children’s horses 4 days ago, to sail for America. / We are bringing Teresa [Bini] the housemaid with us” [NB 47 TS 13].
George Washington Cable in Brunswick, Maine wrote condolences: “I have heard tardily of your unutterable loss. I know no words to comfort your anguish…” [MTP].
June 23 Thursday – At the Hotel de Ville in Florence Sam sent the same “TO WHOM THIS SHALL COME” note to Andrew Chatto in London, and added, “Good-bye, dear Chatto friends of these many years, we may meet no more” [MTP]. Note: postmarked June 23.
Sam’s notebook: “The finishing of the mourning-gowns is progressing. / Asked Dr. Kirch for his last 28 days’ bill. It is atrocious—2,800 francs. I asked him to sue for this robbery. / Wrote a letter & gave it to Sebastiano Cecchi of Haskard & Co Ltd & asked him to show it to Kirch” [NB 47 TS 13]. Note: Cecchi was an attorney in Florence. The letter is not extant.
The New York Times, p.9 announced that Mark Twain had leased Richard Watson Gilder’s “Four Brook Farm” in Tyringham, Mass. (near Lee) and would arrive next week to spend a quiet summer after the death of his wife.
June 24 Friday – The Clemens party left Florence and arrived in Rome, staying at the Grand Hotel Du Quirinal. They intended to rest there a day for Clara, but decided to stay two days [June 26 to Langdon].
Sam’s notebook: “Kirch at the bank. Wanted private talk. I called Cecchi in, to hear. Kirch wanted to argue the case. I said he must argue in court. / Got a courier & went to Rome, arriving all well at the Quirinal hotel at 10 p.m., Mrs. & Miss Lyon with us” [NB 47 TS 13].
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.