November 24 Thursday – Thanksgiving – Sam wrote from Hartford to Charles Webster. He didn’t doubt Charley’s energy or dedication, but did require continual reports on things, including the “daily prospects for brass” in order to keep up the English patent. Not long reports, Sam insisted, but ones to the point. If brass wouldn’t work, try copper. He had a scheme for the two of them to go to England and sell the Kaolatype process and “also sell a hundred or so of those typesetters, if we can get a fair enough commission for it.” Sam added that he was going to Boston the next day and to Montreal Saturday [MTBus 179].
Sam’s notebook entry shows more grief from the alarm system:
“Nov. 24—wrong at 11 AM—black showed, & rang alarm. I have set it right for afternoon—brass shows” [MTNJ 2: 403].