[album, souvenir of the Seventieth Birthday celebration, December 1905]
On 5 December 1905 Mark Twain's publisher, Harper and Brothers, threw a splendid Seventieth Birthday celebration for him at Delmonico's restaurant in New York City. Over 150 prominent literary and social figures attended. Cables from his legion of overseas admirers were read to the guests. President Roosevelt sent his regrets, adding, "May he live long, and year by year may he add to the sum of admirable work that he has done."
Clemens's speech, in which he explained his "system" for aging gracefully, was the highlight of the evening. The carefully posed photos taken on the occasion were collected for Clemens into a handsome leather-bound album. The event was also commemorated in the 23 December 1905 issue of Harper's Weekly.