Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884
Edited by Leslie Myrick and Christopher Ohge
Daniel C. French to
Samuel L. Clemens
30 March 1884 • New York, N.Y.
(MS: CU-MARK, UCLC 41843)
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My dear Mr. Clemens
I am very desirous of obtaining an autograph of yours to add to a somewhat limited collection. Will you be kind enough to send me one as soon as possible.
Yours very truly
Daniel C. French.
New York March 30, 1884
Full size in new window S. L. Clemens, Esq | Hartford | Connecticut [return address:] from D. C. French | Concord Mass [postmarked:] new y[ork] ... 9[illegible] g 84 [and:] hartford, conn. rec'd apr 1 10 am 1884
▮ Copy-text: The Mark Twain Papers, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley (CU-MARK).
Daniel Chester French (1850–1931)
Daniel Chester French was a prolific sculptor best known for his Minuteman at Concord (1874) and for the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. (1920). Louisa May Alcott's sister Mary convinced him to be a sculptor when he was growing up in Concord, Mass. He was also a member of the Boston Authors Club, which included Clemens, William Dean Howells, and Thomas Bailey Aldrich as members.