Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884

Edited by Leslie Myrick and Christopher Ohge

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E. K. Lockwood to Samuel L. Clemens
1 April 1884 • Norwalk, Conn.
(MS: CU-MARK, UCLC 41992)

Office of

E. K. Lockwood.

House Furnishing Goods

Norwalk, Conn., April 1 188 4

Mr S L Clemens

Dear “Innocent”[1]

Mrs Lockwood[2] joins with me in requesting you to favor us with your autograph.

With our best wishes for many pleasant returns

Yours Truly

E K Lockwood

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Mr S L Clemens | Hartford | Conn [postmarked:] norwalk apr 1 9 am conn. [docketed by SLC, in pencil:] No good [rule]

Explanatory Notes

1. Lockwood had been a passenger with Clemens on the Quaker City excursion to the Holy Land in 1867. On a letter to fellow passenger and mentor Mary Mason Fairbanks on 12 December 1867, Clemens gives Lockwood special mention, stating that, although the trip is over, “there be ripples of silvery laughter that issue from other lips than Lockwood’s.” [back]
2. Harriet Street Lockwood (1831–1887) was also a passenger on the Quaker City excursion to the Holy Land. [back]


Textual Commentary

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

Persons Mentioned

Edward K. Lockwood  (1828–1887)

E. K. Lockwood and his wife, Harriet, were passengers with Clemens on the Quaker City excursion to the Holy Land in 1867. Lockwood started out as a clerk in his father's business and inherited his father's interests in the Winnipauk Woollen Mill in 1869. As his letterhead states, in 1884 he was primarily a purveyor of house furnishing goods. Like his father, he held the positions of director of the Norwalk Gas Light Company and the National Bank of Norwalk.