December 12 Monday – Hal W. Greer, attorney in Beaumont, Texas, wrote to Sam, thanking him for “The $30,000 Bequest” in Harper’s Weekly, Christmas edition [MTP].
I.M. Horsfall wrote from London to Sam, having just read his article Joan of Arc in the Dec. Harper’s.
He enclosed a sonnet on Joan by his blind daughter [MTP].
December 13 Tuesday – Ralph W. Ashcroft wrote “Due back Jan. 6th S.S. Lucania” on a postcard picturing Trafalgar Square, London [MTP].
R. Howard Krause and Mrs., in Kidderminster, England, sent a Christmas card to Sam [MTP].
Katharine Lampton Paxson wrote from Paris, Texas, to Sam. “Your letter gave me such an electric shock that I almost jumped into the middle of next week! It makes me very eager to read ‘The Gilded Age’”. She asked for a copy of the book with his signature [MTP]. Note: Sam wrote on the env. “From ‘Col. Mulberry Seller’s’ daughter, who learns for the first time that her father was the Colonel / Auto.”
December 14 Wednesday
December 15 Thursday – In Keokuk, Iowa Edward F. Brownell wrote to Isabel Lyon to clarify if the Dec. allowance for Tabitha “Puss” Quarles (Greening) was to be increased to $25 or if the $15 was to be added to her allowance [MTP].
John Larkin, NY attorney, wrote to Sam. “Mr. Cobb called on me to-day to explain the situation as he understands it with Mr. Gardiner.” Larkin thought the two “rubbed each other the wrong way, and have made a great to do about nothing. I can’t see why the properties cannot be sold without so much bother and confusion. If the matter comes up again, I am quite sure that I can carry the matter through” [MTP]. Lyon wrote on the letter, “Mrs Benjamin says that Mr. Larkin is innocent & hasn’t had any experience with these people.” The matter had to do with the purchase of Sam’s Tarrytown house by Charles A. Gardiner, the present tenant of it.
Thorvald Solberg for the Library of Congress wrote to Sam. “I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your note of December 12th relative to the possible amendment of the copyright law. Please accept my sincere thanks for giving me notice of your article which is to appear in the North American Review and for kindly arranging to have a copy send to me” [MTP].
Maurice Victor Samuels (b. 1873), inscribed The Florentines: A Play (1904). “To S.L.C. / You have often made us glad— /Yes, Mark Twain! / And have sometimes made us sad— / Without pain! / But there never will be one / Who when your last work is done / Of an unkind touch or bad / Will complain! / Maurice V. Samuels / New York / Dec. 15, ‘04” [Gribben
December 16 Friday – Sam wrote to Andrew M. Clute, NY attorney, requesting that the canceled contracts for the sale of the Tarrytown house be returned to William Evarts Benjamin, Sam’s friend and attorney who had handled the sale. This letter is not extant but referred to in the following from Clute:
Andrew M. Clute, NY attorney wrote to Sam. “I have your note of December 16th asking me to return your cancelled contract to Mr Benjamin. Mr Reeves has since called to see me and thinks the sale can be put through. I therefore enclose you herewith the two new contracts signed by Mr. Gardiner. You will see that they are substantially the same as the cancelled contract, with only two slight changes, which I feel justified in advising you to assent to” [MTP].
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.