Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884
Edited by Leslie Myrick and Christopher Ohge
H. H. Boyesen to Samuel L. Clemens
31 March 1884 • New York, N.Y.
(MS: CU-MARK, UCLC 41857)
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new york, New York^Mar 31st^ 1884
My dear Mr. Clemens,
Would you kindly send me your autograph to add to my already extensive collection? You will have the honor of rubbing shoulders with Noah, Dante, Martin Luther, Wm Tweed, Copernicus, John Kelly & other worthies of ancient & modern times. Hoping for a favorable reply I remain
ever sincerely yours
H H Boyesen.
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▮ Copy-text: The Mark Twain Papers, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley (CU-MARK).
Hjalmar H. Boyesen (1848–1895)
Boyesen was a Norwegian novelist, critic, and professor of German at Cornell University. He met Clemens in the late 1870s and got to know him well during his stay in Paris in 1879 while he was finishing A Tramp Abroad. He also introduced Clemens to Turgenev (see Mark Twain's NB 18, NB&J2, pp. 285–350).