Sam also wrote to the U.S. Treasury Secretary thanking him for his “courtesy & kindess” in assisting him on his return through customs in New York [MTP]. Note: Leslie M. Shaw (1848-1932), had been a two-term governor in Iowa before succeeding Lyman J. Gage as Treasury Secretary in 1902. He served until 1907.
Sam’s notebook: “Clara & Teresa went to the summer-home—Lee, Mass., in the Berkshire Hills” [NB 47 TS
16]. Note: Teresa Bini was the Italian maid who returned with the family from Florence.
Adele Chapin wrote a letter of condolence to Sam [MTP]. Note: Sam wrote on the env. “Mrs. Robert Chapin”
Clara and Jean Clemens and Miss Lyon arrived at Richard Watson Gilder’s “Four Brooks Farm” in the Berkshires near Lee, Mass. Sam would arrive on Monday, July 18. The family would remain in a cottage next door to Gilder until fall. Gilder wrote: “Mark, in our cottage next door, is most grim and unhappy, but full of life and abounding in scorn of a mismanaged universe” [MTHHR 573].
Note: the cabin’s location was in Tyringham, Mass. (as in the article below. See insert. Tyringham is near Lee but did not have a post office at that time. The New York Times of July 17, p.7, “Society at Lenox” reported the remaining Clemens family’s withdrawal to Gilder’s retreat, but mistakenly had them arriving together on this date:
LENOX, Mass. July 16.—Mark Twain, accompanied by his daughters, the Misses Clara and Jane [sic Jean] Clemens, arrived at Tyringham this evening.
Richard Watson Gilder, who is at his country place, has so far recovered from a recent attack of appendicitis that he was able to receive Mr. Clemens at Four-Brook Farm to-night.
Note: See July 18 for Sam’s arrival, correctly reported by The Berkshire Gleaner as two days later than his daughters. In a separate squib, the Gleaner reported the arrival of the Clemenses 20 trunks.
July 17 Sunday – Emilie R. Rogers (Mrs. H.H. Rogers) wrote to Sam enclosing a letter of condolence from Helen Keller dated dated June 14. Keller had graduated in June from Radcliffe College, Harvard University. “I could not find the words…” Emilie wrote, being unable to send sympathy before now
Thomas R. Lounsbury wrote from New Haven, Conn. a letter of condolence to Sam. “No death has for a long time so profoundly affected me as that of your wife” [MTP].
Seth Low wrote a nearly illegible letter of condolence to Sam [MTP].
July 18 Monday – N.Y.C.: Sam’s notebook: “At 9.15 I and Ugo (butler; he arrived from Italy with the horses on Friday) left for Lee & arrived at 1.07. / Jean & Katy left at 3.30 & arrived about 7” [NB 47 TS 16].
The regional paper, The Berkshire Gleaner, July 20, p. 1 reported a Monday, July 18 arrival for Sam and Saturday, July 16 for Clara and (mistakenly) for Jean.
Mark Twain Arrives.
Samuel L. Clemens arrived in Tyringham Monday afternoon, being met at the Lee station by Mr. Gilder’s son. His two daughters arrived Saturday. One of them has since been taken quite ill. Mr. Clemens and daughters came from Elmira, N.Y., where they had just buried the remains of Mrs. Clemens. The party
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.