Submitted by scott on Thu, 08/19/2021 - 17:41
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  • Sat Mar 18, 1871

    They had had enough. Olivia was carried out of their home on a mattress to the train station for the trip to Elmira. Both the home and Twain’s stake in the Express were sold at a loss.

    I have found no information on the railroad the Clemenses road in their return to Quarry Farm in Elmira.  It's likely they took the Buffalo, New York and Erie to Hornell and the New York and Erie to Horseheads.  I'm uncertain about a depot in the center of Elmira, closer to Quarry Farm.  

  • Wed Apr 12, 1871

    April 12-14.  Returned to Elmira on the 14th.

  • Thu Apr 20, 1871

    Business in Buffalo, unknown duration but back in Elmira April 26

  • Wed May 31, 1871
    Sam left Elmira bound for Hartford, stopping for a day or two in New York at the St. Nicholas Hotel [MTL 4: 395].
  • Tue Jun 06, 1871

    June 5 Monday – A letter sold on eBay (Sept. 18, 2007; # 270167135431) that puts the Clemens family’s departure for Elmira at June 5. Though dated only “June 5,” the letter could only fit into this date for the entire period from 1870 through 1885:

    “Dear Sir, I snatch a moment to say Thank You—the baggage wagon at the door & the family ticketed & labeled & ready to flit for the summer. You have made ‘Events’ an interesting number—at a glance I see that. With thanks again, I am Sincerely Yours, S.L. Clemens.”

  • Wed Aug 02, 1871

    August 3 to 5 Saturday – Sam spent two days in New York City and stayed at the St. Nicholas Hotel. He shopped for clothes for his upcoming lectures [MTL 4: 441n1].

  • Sat Aug 05, 1871
  • Sat Aug 26, 1871
    August 26 to 28 Monday – Sam went to New York, where he met Livy, Ida Langdon and another Langdon cousin. He probably met with Sutro before he sailed for England, to gather mining information for RI. Sam returned to Hartford by Aug. 29 [MTL 4: 449n1].
  • Tue Aug 29, 1871

    Departing for Elmira

  • Wed Sep 06, 1871

    September 6? Wednesday – Sam left Elmira bound for Washington, D.C. to file for a patent on his “Elastic Strap,” a strap placed at the back of a vest to tighten around the waist. The invention itself made the strap elastic, detachable and adjustable in length. It fastened to the vest with buttons and buttonholes and could be removed. It could also be used with pants and even ladies’ corsets.

    September 7 Thursday – Sam arrived in Washington, D.C. [MTL 4: 454n1].