Submitted by scott on Thu, 10/27/2022 - 22:27

Sanctimonious Cheapskate – Huck Finn Took Off – 1,000 Investment Opportunities
Grant’s Memoirs – Path Worn to N.Y. – Banned in Concord – Black Bunting
Fantastic Sales & Royalties – Why Not the Pope? – Paige Quicksand
Sam Honored at 50 – Susy Starts a Biography

1885 –Paine ascribes several segments of Mark Twain’s Autobiography to this year, including those relating to General Grant and his Memoirs. There are a few specific dates in these segments [MTA 1: 13-70].

Sam wrote from Hartford to his sister, Pamela Moffett (No date on this letter). He used Webster to handle family errands as well as business matters.

I have sent for Charley to get you a special car. He will see you tomorrow morning. Therefore wait [MTBus 187].

Sam inscribed copies of: Mark Twain’s Sketches, New and Old, and Huck Finn, and The Stolen White Elephant to Ulysses S. Grant Jr.: “To U.S. Grant, Jr. from the Author. 1885” ; and: “To / U.S. Grant, Jr / from / S.L. Clemens / 1885”; and: “To / U.S. Grant, Jr. / from / The Author. / 1885” [MTP]. Note: unknown place.

Sam also wrote from Hartford to Laurence Hutton, declining a Kinsmen Club dinner:

Indeed I wish I could be there, but I can’t. I’ve got to sit as a judge in a Trinity College debate that night, & so I couldn’t do justice to the Kinsmen’s debauch & expect to be in proper form to average the debaters that night [MTP]. Note: further investigation into possible dates for such a debate might yield a month and/or day.

 Sometime during the year Sam wrote to Charles Webster, asking him to send,

Munn & Co the $20 at once—don’t forget it, as you did to send me some book proofs (which I am getting along very well without). [Sam wrote he] kind of [expected to] run down Thursday [MTP]. Note: Sam enclosed a printed notice, probably by Munn & Co., that dealt in patents. Back on June 12, 1870 Sam wrote Orion that he was gratified Munn & Co. liked Orion’s wood cutting machine.

Several of Sam’s manuscripts published posthumously are assigned to 1885. Among these, “The Chicago G.A.R. Festival,” “The Character of Man,” (early in 1885) and “Kiditchin” [Camfield, bibliog.; Budd, “Collected” 1021].

Jesse R. Grant sent Sam a note dated only “Friday”: “I am in town stayting at the Union League Club. Will you let me know when you arrive so that I may call” (on Hotel Normandie card) [MTP].

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.