Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884

Edited by Leslie Myrick and Christopher Ohge

Henry Peters Gray to Samuel L. Clemens
1 April 1884 • New York, N.Y.
(MS: CU-MARK, UCLC 41989)

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the western union telegraph company.[1]

number 89 | sent by HG | rec'd by A | 15 paid check

received at 1125 1884.

dated New York

to S L Clemens Esq

By Express prepaid please send me three pounds of your heaviest waterproof autographs and oblige

Henry PetersGray

[stamped:] western union tel. co. apr 1 1884 hartford, ct. View Page
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[SLC, in pencil, on verso:] Very good

Explanatory Notes

1. In the original document, about two hundred words, printed in very small type below the company’s name, describe the "terms and conditions" for anyone relying on its services. [back]


Textual Commentary

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

Persons Mentioned

Henry Peters Gray Jr.  (1844–1897)

Henry Peters Gray served for the New York Volunteers as an assistant adjutant general during the Civil War, and after the war was a longstanding employee of Tiffany & Company.