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July 29 Monday – In Saranac Lake, N.Y. Sam replied to Francis H. Skrine in London, who evidently had asked Sam to write a review of his new book, Life of Sir William Wilson Hunter (1901). Skrine’s incoming not extant. Skrine would present Sam with the published book (see Gribben p. 645 and Sam’s reactions in a letter to Skrine on Feb. 7, 1902).

The pleasure is denied me, as the Harpers can fine me $500 if I write anything for use outside their house. But I think I can do something better for you than anything I could do myself. When your book is published a copy will naturally go in advance to Mr. Howells, who reviews for the North American Review, & I will ask him to look out for it & be ready to do it a good turn when it comes along. He is the best authority we have, & I estimate a word from him as being worth a dozen from me.

Clemens also declined an offer to visit in London. He wrote of their pleasant stay in the Adirondacks while the “hot weather has devastated the rest of America,” but not there. “We sleep under blankets. We got out of New York just in time.” He closed by sharing they’d taken the house in Riverdale from Oct. 1 and hoped they’d spend the next summer on Saranac Lake [MTP].

Sam also wrote to George V.W. Duryee, real estate agent in Ampersand, the village near Saranac Lake:

“Enclosed please find the final installment of rent for this very delightful house, which I hope we are not occupying for the last time” [VintageMemorabilia website; auction VC 0827 accessed June 15, 2009].

G.&C. Merriam Co. wrote to Sam:

Your full and logical refutation of the suggested origin of stateroom quite convinces us that it could not be so even if subsequent investigations should prove Mr. Churchill right.

This however is improbable, as we learn that the word stateroom meaning apartment in a ship’s cabin was certainly in use for some years prior to 1828. The transfer of name from ship to steamboat naturally followed. Texas however is still a conundrum [MTP: Word Study (Newark, NJ) Nov. 1933, p.6]. Note: see July 24 from the Merriam Co.

Prof. William Milligan Sloane wrote to Sam and mentioned his illness. “Do thank Mr. Rogers properly for me. Love to you all—especially the one you call Livy” [MTP:Parke-Bernet Galleries catalogs, Apr. 28, 1959, Item 89].

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.