Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884
Edited by Leslie Myrick and Christopher Ohge
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Charles G. Whiting to
Samuel L. Clemens
31 March 1884 • Springfield, Mass.
(MS: CU-MARK, UCLC 41983)
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Springfield, Mass. Mar 31 188 4
Mr Samuel L. Clemens
If you can spend time to let me know whether you really had any ^traditional^ grounds for your pretty story of Edward Sixth's interchange of identity with a boy of the slums, I should be glad to hear^have^ a line from you. I have maintained that you invented the whole thing.
Charles G. Whiting
Full size in new window Samuel L. Clemens, Esq | Hartford | Conn [return address:] The Republican, | Springfield, Mass. [postmarked:] springfield mass. apr 1 7 am 1884 [docketed by SLC, in pencil:] Whiting
▮ Copy-text: MS, Mark Twain Papers, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley (CU-MARK).
Charles G. Whiting (1842–1922)
Charles Goodrich Whiting had a long association, beginning in 1868, with the Springfield Republican as a writer (and, after 1874, as literary editor) of bucolic essays and poems in his Sunday column “The Saunterer.” He was elected to the Authors Club of New York in 1888. Cable's first reading of his 1883 tour was in Springfield, and a very favorable review, possibly written by Whiting, appeared in the Republican on 22 November.