Day by Day entries are from Mark Twain, Day By Day, four volumes of books compiled by David Fears and made available on-line by the Center for Mark Twain Studies.  The entries presented here are from conversions of the PDFs provided by the Center for Mark Twain Studies and are subject to the vagaries of that process.    The PDFs, themselves, have problems with formatting and some difficulties with indexing for searching.  These are the inevitable problems resulting from converting a printed book into PDFs.  Consequently, what is provided here are copies of copies.  

I have made attempts at providing a time-line for Twain's Geography and have been dissatisfied with the results.  Fears' work provides a comprehensive solution to that problem.  Each entry from the books is titled with the full date of the entry, solving a major problem I have with the On-line site - what year is the entry for.  The entries are certainly not perfect reproductions from Fears' books, however.  Converting PDFs to text frequently results in characters, and sometimes entire sections of text,  relocating.  In the later case I have tried to amend the problem where it occurs but more often than not the relocated characters are simply omitted.  Also, I cannot vouch for the paragraph structure.  Correcting these problems would require access to the printed copies of Fears' books.  Alas, but this is beyond my reach.

This page allows the reader to search for entries based on a range of dates.  The entries are also accessible from each of the primary sections (Epochs, Episodes and Chapters) of Twain's Geography.  

Entry Date (field_entry_date)

September 13, 1907 Friday

Submitted by scott on Wed, 09/21/2022 - 11:35

September 13 Friday – In Tuxedo Park, N.Y. Sam added to his Sept. 12 to Dorothy Quick.

You are still gone, & I am still dissatisfied.


You are still gone, & I am still more dissatisfieder than ever. This is a long day.

Homeward the bandit plods her weary way and leaves the world to darkness & to me.

September 14, 1907 Saturday

Submitted by scott on Wed, 09/21/2022 - 11:38

September 14 Saturday – In Tuxedo Park, N.Y. Sam finished his Sept.12, 13 to Dorothy Quick.

Which I did [go to bed]. But a cricket was hiding somewhere in the room, & continuously & monotonously shrieking. I endured it an hour (until 10), then removed to another room. I returned at 11, at 1, at 4, but was drivenout each time.

Last night he drove me out at 9.30, & I returned no more. To-night Miss Lyon will occupy my room, & capture him if possible.

September 15, 1907 Sunday

Submitted by scott on Wed, 09/21/2022 - 11:40

September 15 Sunday – Sam inscribed a copy of IA with his “truth….economise” aphorism to Miss Josephine S. Hobby, his stenographer for his autobiographical dictations [MTP].

Isabel Lyon’s journal: I wrote a poem for T.

September 16, 1907 Monday

Submitted by scott on Thu, 09/22/2022 - 00:21

September 16 Monday – Isabel Lyon’s journal: This morning the King went away on the 11:50 train to be met by Ashcroft and go by the New Bedford boat “Maine”, up to Fairhaven to see Mr. Rogers, who has been a very ill man. The King looked very handsome in his pale grey travelling suit. I was left as I always am, with a great sense of loneliness, as the jigger went noisily away.

September 17, 1907 Tuesday

Submitted by scott on Thu, 09/22/2022 - 00:28

September 17 Tuesday – Sam left on the steamer Maine for New Bedford, Mass. to be a guest of H.H. Rogers at his Fairhaven home. Rogers was quite ill after a stroke [NY Times, Sept. 18, p.1].



Has Mark Twain as Guest—Said to be Crippled by Apoplexy.

Special to The New York Times.

September 18, 1907 Wednesday

Submitted by scott on Thu, 09/22/2022 - 00:30

September 18 Wednesday – Sam was in Fairhaven, Mass. visiting the Rogers family.

Isabel Lyon’s journal: “T replied to the poem” [MTP TS 106].

Helen M. De Muth wrote from Crofton, Pa to Sam, sending him a photo of her (which also included Dorothy Quick) taken on the Minnetonka, [MTP]. Note: Lyon wrote on the letter, “Answd. Sept. 18, ‘07”

September 20, 1907 Friday

Submitted by scott on Thu, 09/22/2022 - 09:38

September 20 Friday – Sam left Fairhaven, Mass. early in the morning on the Kanawha. H.H. Rogers did not accompany him, but Harry and Mary Rogers did [NY Times, Sept. 21, p.18]. Sam arrived in Tuxedo Park, N.Y. in the evening and wrote to daughter Jean in Katonah, N.Y.

September 21, 1907 Saturday

Submitted by scott on Thu, 09/22/2022 - 09:41

September 21 Saturday – Early in the morning Sam left Tuxedo Park for N.Y.C., where he boarded the Kanawha and left for Jamestown, Va. with Harry Rogers and his wife Mary

Benjamin Rogers, to attend the Robert Fulton Day celebration. Sam would preside at the ceremonies.

September 23, 1907 Monday

Submitted by scott on Thu, 09/22/2022 - 10:47

September 23 Monday – Norfolk, Va. Sam introduced Rear Admiral Purnell Frederick Harrington (1844-1937) at the Robert Fulton Day ceremonies. The New York Times, Sept. 24 covered the event:



Inventor’s Use of Steam in Navigation Shown in Marine Parade.

September 24, 1907 Tuesday

Submitted by scott on Thu, 09/22/2022 - 11:32

September 24 Tuesday – Near Norfolk, Va., for the Jamestown Exposition at Sewell’s Point on Hampton Roads, Sam inscribed a portrait drawing of him to Mrs. Hugh Gordon Miller: “To Mrs. Hugh Gordon Miller / With the affectionate & grateful remembrances of / Mark Twain / Jamestown Exposition, / September 24th/07. / (the day after the struggle).” [MTP]. Note: the Exposition was typical of many world fairs and expositions popular in the early part of the 20 Century; it ran from Apr. 26 to Dec.

September 25, 1907 Wednesday

Submitted by scott on Thu, 09/22/2022 - 11:33

September 25 Wednesday – At the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in N.Y.C. Sam wrote to Frances Nunnally.

Dear Francesca: / I have just come ashore from the yacht, & am passing by to take the 12.55 Erie RR train for Tuxedo Park. You & your mother are out—naturally, at this time of day. I would have telephoned in advance, but there wasn’t time.

September 26, 1907 Thursday

Submitted by scott on Thu, 09/22/2022 - 11:37

September 26 Thursday – In Tuxedo Park, N.Y. Sam wrote to Dorothy Quick.

Dorothy dear, I hear that you are at school, & that you greatly like it& are very busy—all of which is good to hear, & naturally is a great pleasure & comfort to your mother.

I am back from Jamestown & am glad. Still, we had reasonable weather & a swift voyage & altogether a good time. Miss Lyon & her mother went down on another boat & enjoyed the trip.

September 27, 1907 Friday

Submitted by scott on Thu, 09/22/2022 - 11:39

September 27 Friday – Sam also wrote two letters to J.E. Edmonds, of the Daily State Times of Baton Rouge. A trip down the Mississippi was planned by Theodore Roosevelt, with a suggestion that Mark Twain be the chief pilot. Sam turned down the offer; Edmunds wrote an editorial about it. Sam then wrote these letters, the first a cover letter and the second a blast: “I am often against [President Roosevelt] politically, but this has not affected the friendship existing between us these twenty years.” [MTP].

September 29, 1907 Sunday

Submitted by scott on Thu, 09/22/2022 - 11:43

September 29 Sunday – Isabel Lyon’s journal: A rainy day, and so a stop was put to the plans for entertaining Francesca and her mother. Late in the morning we assembled in the living room and played Hearts. I wonder what dear spirit put Hearts in my head yesterday, for otherwise we had been at a loss. It is hard to entertain brand new people [MTP TS 108-109].

Edward Anthony wrote from Cleveland, Ohio to Sam. “I am a boy collecting cigar bands.” Could Sam send some for his collection? [MTP]. Note: Lyon wrote on the letter, “Answd. Oct. 2, ‘07”

September 30, 1907 Monday

Submitted by scott on Thu, 09/22/2022 - 11:47

September 30 Monday – Isabel Lyon’s journal: Francesca went this morning, the King went down to the station with them, and since his return he has been at work all day with the pen. He has been writing and writing and dropping the little leaves of paper from his small pad, around him on the floor. Most of the work was done with him sitting on the extreme edge of the bed.

June 20 or 27, 1907

Submitted by scott on Sun, 09/18/2022 - 15:56

June 20 or 27 — M.A. FitzGerald wrote from Hyde Park asking if Sam could “spare a little time?” as he “must speak with you” about an unspecified matter [MTP].