Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884

Edited by Leslie Myrick and Christopher Ohge

William Carey to Samuel L. Clemens
31 March 1884 • New York, N.Y.
(MS: CU-MARK, UCLC 41861)

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New York Mch 31

Dear Sir:

I am thinking of starting an autograph collection & if you approve of the idea I shall be glad to have you send me a MS. If it has not been printed I will be very glad to share the expense of copyrighting it with you.

I would enclose a stamp but I do not wish to establish the precedent as I am just starting out. Please therefore pardon View Page
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the omission and this half sheet of paper. If you cannot spare a MS. a noble sentiment would be very gratefully received by

Yours very truly

William Carey

334 West 55th St N. Y. City

alt

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Samuel L. Clemens Esq | Hartford | Conn [postmarked, partially torn away:] new [york][tornaway] g 84 [docketed by SLC, in pencil:] Carey



Textual Commentary

Copy-text:The Mark Twain Papers, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley (CU-MARK).

Persons Mentioned

William Carey  (1858–1901)

William Carey worked on the editorial staff of the Century Magazine for twenty years, as well as acting as a liaison between editors and production men (Arthur John, The Best Years of the Century [University of Illinois Press, 1981], 116). A legendary wit and popular with authors, he was also a member of the Authors Club.