Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884
Edited by Leslie Myrick and Christopher Ohge
Charles Y. Beach to Samuel L. Clemens
31 March 1884 • Brooklyn, N.Y.
(MS: CU-MARK, UCLC 41853)
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no. 96 columbia heights,
brooklyn, n. y.
March 31 1884.Mr Samuel Clemens
My dear Sir
I understand that it is the fashion about this time in the year to begin a collection of autographs and although I have heard that Capt. Duncans application for an autograph had been refused thanks to twelve (cents-able) men
I hope that mine will meet more favorable consideration.
The only reason I can offer for my request is that ages ago when leaving you at the dinner table in Poughkeepsie I by mistake left my duster & took away yours & with it the cigars you had been at so much trouble to obtain and without View Page
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Yours very truly
C. Y. Beach. Bridgeport Conn.
P. S. How would it serve your impecunious ^(in stamps)^ friends to send them a blank sheet of paper in an unstamped envelope which they must redeem through the Dead Letter office at a cost of double postage.
▮ Copy-text: The Mark Twain Papers, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley (CU-MARK).
Charles Yale Beach (1847–1917)
Charles Beach, a real estate investor, was the son of Moses Beach and older brother of Emma Beach.