Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884
Edited by Leslie Myrick and Christopher Ohge
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Virginia Waring to
Samuel L. Clemens
31 March 1884 • Washington, D.C.
(MS: CU-MARK, UCLC 41996)
My dear Mr. Clemmens—
I have had many applications from friends desiring autographs of distinguished authors; and as yours is one so often begged for, I think I ought to keep quite a store on hand.
Will you then kindly send me at once, a dozen or so (with your nom de plume as well)?
When these are exhausted I shall forthwith notify you that I may receive a fresh supply.
Knowing your reputation for amiability I shall feel no hesitation in asking this slight favor.
Very cordially yours
2009 J. st. Washington D.C. April 1st 1884.
▮ Copy-text: MS, Mark Twain Papers, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley (CU-MARK).
Virginia Waring (1835–1891)
The first wife of Col. George E. Waring Jr., and mother of Effie, Virginia Waring died in 1891 in Newport, R.I. (Newport Mercury, 12 December 1891, 1).