Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884
Edited by Leslie Myrick and Christopher Ohge
Richard Watson Gilder to Samuel L. Clemens
6 April 1884 • New York, N.Y.
(MS: CU-MARK, UCLC 42004)
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109 east 15th etreet.
6th April 1884,
My dear Mr. Clemens,
Your failure to reply to my urgent telegraphic request for your autograph I can only account for by my forgetting to enclose a postage stamp. This delinquency I now make good & hope for a prompt answer.
R W Gilder.
▮ Copy-text: MS, Mark Twain Papers, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley (CU-MARK).
Richard Watson Gilder (1844–1909)
Richard Watson Gilder was a poet, journalist, editor, and one of the founders of the American Copyright League. His editorial career at the helm of the Century Magazine spanned from the death of his predecessor, J. G. Holland, in 1881 (when Scribner's Magazine became the Century Magazine) to his own death in 1909. He married the painter Helena de Kay, founder of the Society of American Artists, and their home, a converted stable named "the Studio," was a gathering place for artists, players, and writers. Gilder was a founding member of the Authors Club, which was organized in 1882 and incorporated in 1887.