Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884
Edited by Leslie Myrick and Christopher Ohge
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Rossiter W. Raymond to
Samuel L. Clemens
31 March 1884 • New York, N.Y.
(MS: NPV, UCLC 41974)
Box 1465 N. Y. City Mar 31/84S. S. Clemens, Esq. Hartford, Conn.
A friend has mentioned to me that he is about writing to you, requesting your autograph; and it occurs to me that it will be saving you trouble if I ask you to send one to me at the same time. Please write on a sheet of linen paper, not ruled, 10” x 12” in size, and free from blots. Arnold’s writing fluid is preferred; and an original sentiment, as characteristic and humorous as possible, should be prefixed. I should be obliged, if you would also add to your signature “Author of the Schoolmaster Abroad.”
R. W. Raymond
▮ Copy-text: MS, Samuel L. Clemens Papers, Archives & Special Collections Library, Vassar College.
R. W. Raymond (1840–1918)
Rossiter Worthington Raymond was born and raised in Syracuse, N.Y. After graduating from Brooklyn Polytechnic he enrolled in the Royal Mining Academy at Freiburg, followed by studies at Heidelberg and Munich. He edited The American Journal of Mining from 1867 to 1890. In 1868 he was appointed US commissioner of mining statistics, and spent nearly a decade surveying mines in the West. In the early 1870s he also taught mining engineering at Lafayette College in Easton, Penn. He served as secretary of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum Engineers from 1884 to 1911. In 1884 he lived in Brooklyn, where he was a member of Beecher's Plymouth Church. He served as the director of the Boy's Sunday School for nearly fifty years.