“TO WHOM THIS SHALL COME” note to Isabella S.
included the family butler, Mr. Clemens’ secretary and servants. The Gilder cottages the family [will] occupy has been named “Glencote.” …
Mr. Gilder has just completed an addition to his coach barn at Four-Brook Farm. It is neatly painted.
William Steadman has the contract.
Mr. Gilder has practically recovered from his attack of appendicitis and the prolonged illness of last winter has also nearly disappeared. He officially denies the report that he would go to Europe.
Isabel Lyon’s Journal: “Santa Clara arrived pale weak exhausted. Rodman [Gilder] carried her into the house and upstairs. She is so broken, dear heart that she is. Rodman stayed all night for I feared much to be alone with her in that delicately overwrought state” [Hill 96].
Susan Crane wrote to Sam. “How she loved you! And how richly she felt your love, she was so sure, and she had a right to the assurance” [MTP].
Elisabeth N. Fairchild (Mrs. Charles Fairchild) in Newport, R.I., wrote a letter of condolence to Sam [MTP].
Mary D. Young (Mrs. John Russell Young) in Roundhill, Va. wrote a letter of condolence to Sam
July 19 Tuesday – In Tyringham, Mass. Isabel V. Lyon wrote for Sam to A. Chalkley Collins, that “it is impossible for him to appear in public—he is in very deep mourning” [MTP].
A. Chalkley Collins, attorney in Great Barrington, Mass. wrote to invite Sam to a celebration of “old Home Week the last day of July” [MTP]. Note: Lyon’s answer above.
Sometime between July 19 and 28, Sam posed for photographs by Joseph Gaylord Gessford in
neighboring Lee, Mass. [MTP photo binders].
July 20 Wednesday – In Tyringham, Mass. Sam sent the Bohan in Roseville, Ill. and added the following:
Dear Belle: / No, some of the things came, & the daughters have them, but Mrs. Clemens never saw them. There was never a time, during 22 months, that we allowed her to find out any sad news if we could prevent it. In December or the beginning of January she found out by an unfortunate accident that Molly was ill, & she became anxious & disturbed about it; but when Mollie died she was near to death herself for three days,
asked no questions about anything. About the first of February I assured her that Mollie was well—& certainly that was true. Only those are well who have escaped from this life. My wife is well [MTP]. Note: Roseville is about 45 miles from Keokuk. The lady obviously knew the late Mollie Clemens; from Sam’s salutation, he knew her as well.
Sam also sent the “TO WHOM THIS SHALL COME” note to Charles S. Fairchild and Elisabeth Fairchild, )and added, “I thank you out of my heart, dear Mr. & Mrs. Fairchild / SLC / Lee, Mass, July 21” [MTP]. Note: postmarked July 20.
Sam also sent the same “TO WHOM THIS SHALL COME” note to William Winter, and added, “ ‘The parting is not for long.’ You have put into words my one consoling thought. / Ever your friend / SLC” [MTP]. Note: postmarked July 20.
Albert Romeike of Henry Romeike, Inc., NY office wrote to Sam:
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.