• August 1896

    Submitted by scott on Mon, 10/25/2021 - 18:29

    August – The first of two installments of the 23,400 word Tom Sawyer, Detective first appeared in the Aug. issue of Harper’s Magazine. 21 illustrations were included by A.B. Frost. It would be included by Harper’s in book form, together with the 34,000 word Tom Sawyer Abroad in November, 1896. The latter had first appeared in book form in 1894 by Webster & Co., after being serialized in St. Nicholas.

  • August 14, 1896

    Submitted by scott on Sat, 10/30/2021 - 23:32

    August 14 Friday – In the morning word reached the Clemenses in Guildford that Susy Clemens was quite ill. Sam cablegrammed Charles Langdon throughout the day for clarification but none came.

  • August 15, 1896

    Submitted by scott on Sat, 10/30/2021 - 23:33

    August 15 Saturday – Upon arriving at Southampton, the Clemenses found another cable waiting from the family gathered in New York. Susy’s recovery (from an unspecified disease) would be “long but certain.” This convinced Sam to stay in England. Livy and Clara boarded the S.S. Paris bound for New York. On the same day, Dr. Porter in Hartford diagnosed Susy with spinal meningitis, an often lethal malady before the days of antibiotics.

  • August 16, 1896

    Submitted by scott on Sat, 10/30/2021 - 23:32

    August 16 Sunday – Neider writes of Susy’s torment:

    Next morning, a Sunday, she walked about a bit in pain and delirium, then felt very weak and returned to bed, but before doing so, rummaging in a closet, she came across a gown she had once seen her mother wear. She thought the gown was her dead mother, and, kissing it, began to cry [Papa 43].

  • August 17, 1896

    Submitted by scott on Sun, 10/31/2021 - 14:13

    August 17 Monday – At noon in Guildford, Sam finished his Aug. 16 letter to Livy.

    Monday noon. Chatto is evidently off on his vacation. I do not hear from him.

    I enclose a letter received this morning, about the photos. It has no signature, but I suppose it is from Miss Blood — so I have answered it.

  • August 18, 1896

    Submitted by scott on Sat, 10/30/2021 - 23:33

    August 18 Tuesday – At 7:07 p.m. in Hartford, Olivia Susan (Susy) Clemens, age 24, died of spinal meningitis in the Farmington Ave. house [MTA 37; Sept. 6 to Hutton]. Katy Leary, longtime servant and helper to the family, was with her, as was Charles Langdon and Sue Crane. Joe Twichell had come from the Adirondacks to comfort Susy, but it’s not clear if he was with her at the end (see Sept.

  • August 19, 1896

    Submitted by scott on Sat, 10/30/2021 - 23:32

    August 19 Wednesday – In Guildford, England, Sam wrote two notes to Andrew Chatto, the first before receiving news of Susy’s death, the second afterward. First,

  • August 23, 1896

    Submitted by scott on Sat, 10/30/2021 - 23:32

    August 23 SundayThomas Kinnicut Beecher, minister of the Park Church in Elmira, conducted the funeral of Olivia Susan (Susy) Clemens in the Langdon home. Susy was laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira. Livy, Jean, and Clara Clemens were all at the graveside, along with Sue Crane and members of the Langdon clan.

  • August 24, 1896

    Submitted by scott on Sat, 10/30/2021 - 23:32

    August 24 Monday – Sam and Robert S. Smythe went house-hunting [Aug. 25 to Livy].

    Poultney Bigelow sent a letter of condolence about Susy’s death [MTP].

  • August 25, 1896

    Submitted by scott on Sat, 10/30/2021 - 23:33

    August 25 Tuesday – In Guildford, England Sam wrote to Livy:

    Livy darling, your cablegram came yesterday [not extant] asking after my health. I was unspeakably glad to get it, for it swept away a fast-gnawing burden of apprehension concerning your own state; I judged that its inner meaning was a message to me to say “Do not be uneasy about me.”

  • August 28, 1896

    Submitted by scott on Sat, 10/30/2021 - 23:32

    August 28 Friday – In Guildford, England Sam finished his Aug. 26 letter to Livy:

    Noon, Friday. There is yet time to add a line before posting this for tomorrow’s steamer.

  • August 29, 1896

    Submitted by scott on Sat, 10/30/2021 - 23:33

    August 29 Saturday – In Guildford, England Sam began a letter to Livy that he finished Aug. 30.

    I wonder if she left any little message for me, any little mention, showing that she thought of me. I was not deserving of it, I had not earned it, but if there was any such word left behind for me, I hope it was saved up in its exact terms & that I shall get it.

  • August 30, 1896

    Submitted by scott on Sat, 10/30/2021 - 23:32

    August 30 Sunday – In Guildford, England Sam finished his Aug. 29 letter to Livy.

    Sunday, mid-afternoon, 30th. Not a line yet, not a single line. It seems as if I cannot bear it.

  • September 1896

    Submitted by scott on Sun, 10/31/2021 - 08:58

    September – The second and last installment of the 23,400 word Tom Sawyer, Detective ran the Sept. issue of Harper’s Magazine. 21 illustrations were included by A.B. Frost. It would be included by Harper’s in book form, together with the 34,000 word Tom Sawyer Abroad in November, 1896. The latter had first appeared in book form in 1894 by Webster & Co., after being serialized in St. Nicholas Magazine.

  • September 2, 1896

    Submitted by scott on Sun, 10/31/2021 - 08:59

    September 2 WednesdayLivy, Clara Clemens, and Katy Leary sailed for Southampton, England on the liner St. Louis [N.Y. Times Aug. 11, 1896 p.11, “Marine Intelligence”; Sept. 9 to Rogers; MFMT 177].

  • September 7, 1896

    Submitted by scott on Sun, 10/31/2021 - 08:59

    September 7 Monday – In Guildford, England Sam wrote to J. Henry Harper on the back of his (a copy?) Aug. 7 to Harper, about the “Californian’s Tale” — whether or not it was considered published.

     

  • September 9, 1896

    Submitted by scott on Sun, 10/31/2021 - 08:58

    September 9 Wednesday – Livy, daughter Clara, and Katy Leary arrived in Southampton. It is assumed they went directly to Guildford to be reunited with Sam [Sept. 10 to Rogers].