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Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2023 14:47:38 -0600
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I do not have a copy of Twichell's journals, but it seems Andrews may have
misdated or misread Twichell's journal entry date.  Other sources,
including MARK TWAIN'S NOTEBOOKS AND JOURNALS, VOL. 2 indicate Frechette
visited Twain in Hartford in early 1882, (p. 414). In Fatout's MARK TWAIN
SPEAKING he reprints a toast Clemens gave to Frechette and indicates the
two first met in Montreal in 1881 (p. 166).  Frechette, by the way, was a
brother to William D. Howells's brother-in-law.

It looks to me like Andrews misdated Twichell's journal entry and then DBD
compounded the error.


On Fri, Jan 20, 2023 at 1:55 PM Scott Holmes <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Thank you. I actually have an account there but failed to not the
> "borrow for one hour" button.  Alas Andrews does not provide a date for
> the Fréchette feté.
> On 1/20/23 10:55, Leslie MYRICK wrote:
> > Hi Scott,
> > You can find a copy of Andrews on the Internet Archive site, where you
> can
> > borrow it (requires registration).
> > This is always my first stop when I can't get to a library quickly.
> >
> > Leslie
> >
> > On Fri, Jan 20, 2023 at 1:41 PM Scott Holmes<[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> >
> >> I've come across an enigmatic entry in Day By Day for January 12, 1879
> >>
> >> January 12 Sunday – the Clemenses loved to entertain, something expected
> >> of many Nook Farm residents. according to Twichell’s journal, a dinner
> >> was given at Sam’s for Louis Fréchette, Poet Laureate of Canada:
> >>
> >> “M.T. /never was/ so funny as this time. The perfect art of a certain
> >> kind of story telling will die with him. No one beside /can/ ever equal
> >> him, I am sure” [Andrews 92].
> >>
> >> This doesn't make much sense to me as Twichell was not in Munich in 1879
> >> and Sam was not at Nook Farm.  I believe the Andrews reference is to
> >> Andrews, Kenneth R. /Nook Farm – Mark Twain’s Hartford Circle. /Seattle:
> >> University of Washington Press, 1950.  I don't have access to that.
> >>
> >> --
> >> /Unaffiliated Geographer and Twain aficionado/
> >>
> --
> /Unaffiliated Geographer and Twain aficionado/