When staying at The Wolcott Hotel, sleeping in the same room as your favorite author or musician isn’t out of reach. Not only do we offer affordable accommodations and prime location, but we’ve also had famous guests at our hotels, guests such as author Mark Twain, singer-songwriter Buddy Holly, writer Edith Warton, and Titanic survivor Dr. Washington Dodge.
Buddy Holly stayed at The Wolcott Hotel during the fall of 1958, while visiting New York to record “Stay Close To Me” and “Don't Cha Know,” co-produced with Phil Everly and recorded with Lou Giordano at Beltone Studios.
Six months after the Wolcott opened in 1904, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, stayed here. Twain is the celebrated American author such classics novels as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885). Below are letters Mr. Clemens wrote from the hotel to Frank Seaman, an advertising agent, on September 9, 1904.
Enlarged image of the Wolcott's eagle and address from Mr. Twain's letter below.
As I understand it, my second & final $12,500 indebtedness will begin to move in your direction November first on the installment plan.Can you make it profitable to me to anticipate? What reductions will you make on that $12,500 – lump – cash, payable Sept. 15 or Sept. 30, 13 or 13 ½ months before the final installment of it would fall due?
Susy dear, the first time I heard ‘In the Sweet By and Bye’, a street - organ played it near the St. Nicholas in December 1867; & that was the first time I ever saw Livy Langdon, a sweet young slender girl & beautiful. In our engagement – year some of us often sang it evening, along with other songs. Present:
Father, † (John Marshall Clemens)
Mother, † (Jane Lampton Clemens)
Theodore, † (Theodore Crane)
Mr. Slee, † (John D. F. Slee)
Hattie Lewis, (Harriet Lewis)
Livy Langdon † (Olivia Langdon Clemens)
How many are gone! An organ is playing The Sweet Bye & Bye in the Street now & breaking my heart. I saw Clara off, day before yesterday, to a rest – cure in Connecticut. She is to be shut up 4 or 5 weeks, in bed, without books, without companionship, writing no letters, reading no letters, seeing no one but physician & nurse – a horrid solitude, with grief and memory for company. What an unforgivable crime the creation of the human race was! That inscription for the Gravestone is in Lee. I will send it by & by when I can. I do not remember the wording.
Envelope to Clifford V. Kendall UK 1947