Submitted by scott on Sat, 10/22/2022 - 09:35

Business Takes Over – An Author Without a Publisher – Riches for Mrs. Grant
Susy is Fourteen, God I’m Old! – More Paige Quicksand
Steaming across the Great Lakes – Sweltering Keokuk – Wanamaker Woes
Governor’s Island Sneak-Peek – Stanley Visits, Lectures – More Books by Dead Soldiers

1886 – This year marked a low point in Sam’s literary career. Except for sporadic work on Connecticut
few papers for the Monday Evening Club, and a trivial sketch or two, commercial activities sapped Sam's
creative energies. Here are some undated events during the year:

In Hartford Sam inscribed LM to Herbert E. Hill: I shall be very glad to read the story of the heroes o Hill…[MTP].

Also in Hartford Sam wrote a dinner invitation to Joe Twichell and sent a copy of Grant’s Memoirs. Livy sent me to see if Harmony would lend you to us for dinner Wednesday evening. I was to explain to ... that this shabby invitation of only one-half of the firm is not dictated by desire, but necessity, there being male seat but no vacancy in the female line…[MTP].

Also in Hartford, Sam wrote a letter titled “Unmailed Answer” to an unidentified person who had sough... influence in obtaining a consulship. Never one to easily loosen a grudge, Sam was evidently upset abou... person writing an uncomplimentary article in the Jamestown, N.Y. Journal on his lecture in that city. Sa... Bishop, the owner of that paper, a “pious half-human polecat” and a “sanctimonious buzzard.” Then he going to the requester:

And you want a consulship. What do you want with a consulship? What you want is a rope. I will send
have never approached a public servant in my life to ask for a place for myself or for anybody else, as f
can remember; & do you suppose I will break my record for you? The thing for you is a burial permit. Y
only to speak; I will see that you get it. Attend the funeral, too, boss it all, if desired; & bury you at the
with a stake through your back. You want a consulship, you blatherskite! You make me tired [MTP].
A sixteen-page biography of Mark Twain, in pamphlet form, 1 ½ by 2 ½ inches, author unknown, was p
this year. One copy went with each package of Duke’s Mixture Smoking Tobacco [The Twainian Mar
In 1886 John East started a cave guide service in Hannibal and opened McDowell’s Cave of Sam’s bo
public tours. This made the cave the first “show cave” of Missouri, and it has been open to the public co
The tours were made with lanterns until the cave got electric light in 1939.
American Literature, 1607-1885 by Charles F. Richardson was printed in two volumes. Mark Twain g
“The reigning favorites of the day are Frank R. Stockton, Joel Chandler Harris, the various newspaper j
‘Mark Twain’” [Tenney 16].
Records of an Active Life, by Heman Dyer (1886) describes Sam’s May 1867 visit to the New York Bi
and Sam’s testament to Rev. Franklin Rising’s influence among Nevada miners (p.315) [Tenney, ALR
to the Reference Guide (Autumn, 1978) 165]. See May 1867.
Sam’s article, “Taming the Bicycle,” based on his and Twichell’s 1884 adventures with the conveyance
written “around 1886” according to Budd [Collected 1021], and published posthumously in What is Ma
Other Essays, Paine, ed., p.285-96.
Sam P. Davis, published “The Typographical Howitzer” in Short Stories. This is a hilarious sketch abou
Twain and Dan De Quille fighting off hostile Indians with a cannon loaded with typefaces. It is reprinte
esteemed Lawrence I. Berkove’s The Sagebrush Anthology (2006). Davis also wrote a history of Nevad
Marshall P. Wilder’s The People I’ve Smiled With: Recollections of a Merry Little Life includes notes
Twain. On p.137 Wilder says he told Twain that no good stories were mere chestnuts, “and Mark drawl
agree with you, my boy; and if you’re not right about it, why do people go to minstrel shows? They do
know; nothing can keep them away; I go myself, and roar hardest at the jokes I was brought up on as a
190 mentions in passing a conversation between Twain and the actor James Lewis, and on p. 194-9 pub

of Twain’s speech at Daly’s Theatre, at the 100 th night dinner of The Taming of the Shrew [Tenney, ALR
supplement to the Reference Guide (Autumn, 1981) 162].

{Note:  The PDF scan of the original document cut off the left margin of the text.  This appears to be the case for the entire 1886 set Scott - 22 Oct 2022]

Day By Day Acknowledgment

Mark Twain Day By Day was originally a print reference, meticulously created by David Fears, who has generously made this work available, via the Center for Mark Twain Studies, as a digital edition.