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July 13 Saturday – In Saranac Lake, N.Y. Sam wrote to Frank Bliss about the flap caused by Harpers calling their issues of Sam’s Uniform Edition as his “lastest & best.” He pointed out that this was Harpers’ claim, not his, and that R.G. Newbegin would say that very same thing about the American Publishing Co.’s versions. Sam wrote he was going to New York within ten days and would talk to Harpers [MTP].

Sam also wrote to unidentified men, (perhaps to the R.G. Newbegin Co.):

I shall be glad if, in offering the Collected Edition of my books to the public you will claim for it on my part only this and no more: that I have prepared it with care, and that it is the only complete collection of my works that has been made.

Any books that I may yet write will be added to it [MTP].

Note: only Harper & Bros. and R.G. Newbegin Co. were offering his books to the public, and Sam had already declined to object to Harper’s claims for the books in their set; Newbegin had objected to Harper’s use of the “latest & best” description.

Sam’s notebook: “July 13, ’01. in Mr. Rogers’ hands about $16,000./ In Guaranty Trust, $12,000” [NB 44 TS 4].

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.