Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884
Edited by Leslie Myrick and Christopher Ohge
Stillman S. Conant? to Samuel L. Clemens
31 March 1884 • Washington, D.C.
(MS: CU-MARK, UCLC 41973)
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Brooklyn Mch 31 /84Señor Don Samuel Clemens— Hartford
Muy Señor mio—
He emprendido un viage desde un Pais muy lejano, lleno de peligros y vicisitudes, con el solo objeto de dirigirle hoy esta carta, y rogarle me mando su autografo para conservarlo en esta vida y en la venidera en la página mas prominente de mi album.
Esperando no desatenderá mi peticion, soy de ud,
S. S. Q. B. S. M.
Quixote de la Mancha
22 Willow St Brooklyn N. Y.
▮ Copy-text: The Mark Twain Papers, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley (CU-MARK).
Stillman S. Conant (1831–1885)
Stillman S. Conant was a journalist who contributed to several prominent periodicals of the day, including the Galaxy, to which Clemens also contributed. He also translated into English (from a German translation) Mikhail Lermontov's poem The Circassian Boy (Boston: James R. Osgood and Co., 1875). In 1869 he became the managing editor of Harper's Weekly, a position he held until 1885, when he disappeared off the coast of Coney Island. In 1890 the New York Times reported the discovery of a skeleton in the dunes near Rockaway Beach that was believed to be Conant, but that was never verified ("A Skeleton in the Dunes: The Disappearance of Stillman S. Conant Recalled," New York Times, 14 December 1890, 8).