Dear Forum Members,
THE BOOK is a GEM: MARK TWAIN IN ELMIRA. Edited by Robert D. Jerome and Herbert A. Wisbey, Jr. It truly was the first to alert the Twain world to Mark Twain's significant connections with Elmira, New York, and to the Elmira Langdon family, published in 1977, by the Mark Twain Society, Inc.. In this book you will find the essay written by Mark Twain's niece, Dr. Ida Langdon, entitled," My Uncle Mark Twain." In it she describes his "Love at First Sight," and seeing the "cherished miniature" in the "Turkish harbor of Smyrna." We, in Elmira, consider Dr. Ida Langdon, a "primary resource." She was a contemporary of Jean Clemons, taught at Elmira College,died in 1964. Hope this is helpful. Hope you can find THE book. Cheers, Gretchen Sharlow
---- Mike Stone <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Yes, as Steve Courtney says, I believe it was in the Bay of Smyrna, and Sam
> was in Charles Langdon's stateroom when the latter showed him the miniature.
> I think I read this in the book whose title I don't recall about Sam and
> Livy (maybe the title was "Sam and Livy," or something like that).
> Michel L. Stone
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> From: Mark Twain Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Harold Bush
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> Subject: WHERE did Sam first see the miniature?
> In September 1867, Sam saw a little picture of Olivia Langdon, sister of
> 18-year-old Charles Langdon, Elmira native, while on board the ship Quaker
> City and "fell madly in love." All of which is well known.
> Does anyone know off the top of your head WHERE this occurred? i.e. I seem
> to recall somewhere they were supposedly anchored in one of the ports, for
> some reason I'm thinking Napoli; or Athens?? any help?
> ps -- I recognize that the location, and perhaps even the incident, has
> benefited from 20/20 vision retrospectively speaking ....
> thanks, -hb
> Harold K. Bush, Ph.D
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