• Pilgrims and Vandals

    Submitted by scott on Wed, 10/13/2021 - 00:22

    Upon arriving in New York City in November of 1867, Sam took a short-lived Secretaryship with Senator Stewart until December 16, 1867.  In March of 1868, the Alta informed Sam that he could not use his letters to them in a book.  Sam decided to argue the case and soon left Washington for California.

  • 1867

    Submitted by scott on Sun, 10/31/2021 - 22:12

    Key West – New York – Charles Webb Published The Jumping Frog
    52 hours to St. Louis – Artemus Ward Dead – Lectures in Hannibal, Keokuk & Quincy
    Back in New York – A Night in Jail – Three Lectures in the Big Apple
    Quaker City Five-month Excursion– Miniature Portrait in the Bay of Smyrna
    A Post in Washington – Elisha Bliss – Sam Met Livy

  • November 19 or 20, 1867

    Submitted by scott on Fri, 07/15/2022 - 10:17

    November 19 or 20 Wednesday  Sam may have met Thomas Nast, famous illustrator and cartoonist for Harper’s Weekly, upon his return to New York. Nast had a show opening there on Dec. 4. Or, he may have met Nast after traveling to Washington. Either way, Nast soon proposed a lecture tour Sam speaking and Nast drawing.

  • November 22, 1867 Friday

    Submitted by scott on Fri, 07/15/2022 - 10:22

    November 22 Friday – Sam arrived in Washington, D.C. and roomed with his new employer, Senator William Morris Stewart (1827-1909) in a second-floor apartment run by 70-year-old Miss Virginia Wells“Clemens took his meals and socialized at the Round Robin bar at the Willard Hotel (see insert picture)….a favorite watering hole of Washington power brokers” [Bliss 64].

  • November 29, 1867 Friday 

    Submitted by scott on Fri, 07/15/2022 - 10:27

    November 29 Friday – The New York Times ran a 1,700 word article on the front page signed by “Scupper Nong” about a meeting of a correspondent and General Ulysses S. Grant. Muller calls this the “Scupper Nong Letter” (in Chapter 3) and notes it was reprinted the following day in the Philadelphia Daily Evening Telegraph with the byline of Mark Twain [47]. The article was the result of Sam and Bill Swinton calling on Grant, who was not at home at the time.

  • December 1, 1867 Sunday

    Submitted by scott on Fri, 07/15/2022 - 10:30

    December 1 Sunday  Sam wrote from Washington, D.C. to John Russell Young about payment and questioned the amount of a $65 check he’d received. He also received a letter from Elisha P. Blisswhich he responded to the next day.

  • December 4, 1867 Wednesday

    Submitted by scott on Fri, 07/15/2022 - 10:32

    December 4 Wednesday  Sam wrote from Washington to John Russell Young again, asking if he might use the three letters he had sent in the book he was planning for Bliss“I am sorry to trouble you so much, but behold the world is full of sorrows, & grief is the heritage of man” [MTL 2: 125].

  • December 14, 1867 Saturday

    Submitted by scott on Fri, 07/15/2022 - 10:40

    December 14 Saturday  Sam dated an article this day, “Colonel Burke and the Fenians,” a humorous article for the Washington Evening Star, which was reprinted in many newspapers, including the Territorial Enterprise. The article suggested using a barrel of gunpowder to remove Edwin M.

  • December 16, 1867 Monday

    Submitted by scott on Fri, 07/15/2022 - 10:42

    December 16 Monday  Sam announced to his Territorial Enterprise readers that he had resigned his secretaryship, and that “E.A. Pretois, formerly of Virginia and Sacramento, is Senator Stewart’s private secretary, now” [MTL 2: 139n4]. Note: Sam and Senator Stewart did not hit it off, and the position had not kept Sam’s interest.

  • December 18, 1867 Wednesday

    Submitted by scott on Fri, 07/15/2022 - 10:43

    December 18 Wednesday – Sam’s article “Information Wanted” dated Dec. 10, ran in the New York Tribune [Camfield, bibliog.; The Twainian, Nov-Dec 1946 p.1-2]. Note: There is no connection with George Francis Train on this entry as mistakenly shown in the first edition.

  • December 20, 1867 Friday

    Submitted by scott on Fri, 07/15/2022 - 10:45

    December 20 Friday  Charles Langdon, along with his father, Jervis Langdon (1809-1870), and sister Olivia Louise Langdon, arrived at the St. Nicholas Hotel in New York for a holiday stay [MTL 2: 145 n2].

  • December 24, 1867 Tuesday

    Submitted by scott on Fri, 07/15/2022 - 10:47

    December 24 Tuesday  Sam wrote from Washington, D.C. to Emily A. Severance about the death of Mrs. Fairbanks’ mother. After expressed sympathies, he wrote: “I am in a fidget to move. It isn’t a novel sensation, though—I never was any other way.” Sam also expressed support for the reciprocal treaty with Hawaii, probably due to Senator Stewart and Edward McCook’s support for it [MTL 2: 137-8].