>Does any additional information exist on the following individuals who
>were a part of Mark Twain's travels in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) in
>2. Mr. Edward Howard, from England, who after a chance meeting on the
>islands, accompanied Clemens on horseback for a portion of the islands
>tour. Howard returned to San Francisco from Hawaii the same date as
>Clemens, although on a different ship. Clemens later referred to "Ned"
>Howard years later in a letter from Buffalo: "I like to talk with him
>and I buy little jewelry trifles there..."
I took up your search for the Englishman Howard who accompanied
Clemens on horseback in Hawaii. During my search, Howard (Edward
Tasker Howard 1844?-1918) became an American jeweler who lived
in both New York and San Francisco. And those Hawaiian horses
On December 20, 1870, SLC wrote to A. Francis Judd,
"Friend Howard -[Howard crossed out] Judd,
(Your letter made me think of Ned Howard, & unconsciously I
wrote the name.) I don't think an enormous deal of Howard, though
that's nothing against him, of course. Tastes differ, & 200 miles
mule-back in company is the next best thing to a sea-voyage to bring a
man's worst points to the surface. Ned & I like each other, but we
don't love, & we never did. I like to talk with him, & I buy little
jewelry trifles there, but we don't embrace - I would as soon think of
embracing a fish, or an icicle, or any other particular, cold &
unemotional thing - say a dead stranger, for instance..."
The quote above is from _Mark Twain's Letters, Volume 4_ , 278 (UC
Press) edited by Victor Fischer & Michael B. Frank of the Mark Twain
Project at Berkeley. In a note, the editors say that Howard "...had
been Clemen's reluctant travel companion in Hawaii in June 1866. Howard
was now a jeweler in New York: see L1, 346n10, and Austin, 250-54 (both
misidentifying Howard as an Englishman), and RI 1993, 736-737."
The note in _Roughing It 1993_ (UC Press) (page 736-737) cites two
references to Howard in the New York Times: 9 Aug 1918, 11 (this may be
Howard's obituary) and 3 Oct 1866, 3, an advertisement.
I hope this helps.
Paul Berkowitz ([log in to unmask])