Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884
Edited by Leslie Myrick and Christopher Ohge
Joseph Watson Beach to Samuel L. Clemens
1 April 1884 • Hartford, Conn.
(MS: CU-MARK, UCLC 41986)
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the hartford club.
1st April 1884
S. L. Clemens Esqr Dear Sir
If not presumption on my part may I ask you for your autograph for a very sweet young lady friend who is anxious to add to
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J. W. Beach
▮ Copy-text: The Mark Twain Papers, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley (CU-MARK).
Joseph Watson Beach (1823–1887)
J. W. Beach was a Hartford businessman who co-owned Beach and Company with his brothers George and Charles. It is not known when he met Clemens, but his membership in the Hartford Club suggests that he could have known Clemens, who often socialized there.