Sam Clemens departs his childhood home of Hannibal, Missouri and attempts to support himself as a type setter. His travels take him to new York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. then back to Hannibal, Keokuk and Muscatine. He eventually finds his way to Cincinnati, Ohio where a new phase in his life is to begin on the Mississippi River
St Louis - 1853Fri May 27, 1853
By this time Sam was in St. Louis to find his way in the world. Paine writes he took a night boat to St. Louis. Sam likely stayed with his sister Pamela and found work as a typesetter. He vowed never to let a place trap him again.
St. Louis to New York, 1853Fri Aug 19, 1853
It took a day, by steamboat and cars, to go from St.
Arrived in New York CityWed Aug 24, 1853
Sam arrived in New York City at 5 AM with “two or three dollars in his pocket and a ten-dollar bill concealed in the lining of his coat”
Philadelphia, October of 1853Wed Oct 19, 1853
I came here from New York by way of the Camden and Amboy railroad—the same on which the collision occurred some time since. I never thought of this till our train stopped, “all of a sudden,” and then began to go backwards like blazes. Then ran back half a mile, and switched off on another track, and stopped; and the next moment a large passenger train came round a bend in the road, and whistled past us like lightning! Ugh!
Flying Trip to Washington DCThu Feb 16, 1854
He boarded a night train in Philadelphia and arrived at the Baltimore and Ohio station in Washington on the morning of Thursday, February 16, 1854.
Returns to Hannibal and KeokukSat Apr 01, 1854
“I went back to the Mississippi Valley, sitting upright in the smoking-car two or three days and nights. When I reached St. Louis I was exhausted. I went to bed on board a steamboat that was bound for Muscatine. I fell asleep at once, with my clothes on, and didn’t wake again for thirty-six hours –” [Neider 95; MTL 1: 45-6].
Works for Orion on Muscatine JournalMon May 01, 1854