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Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884

Edited by Leslie Myrick and Christopher Ohge

Daniel C. French to Samuel L. Clemens
30 March 1884 • New York, N.Y.
(MS: CU-MARK, UCLC 41843)

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My dear Mr. Clemens

I am very desirous of obtaining an autograph of yours to add to a somewhat limited collection. Will you be kind enough to send me one as soon as possible.

Yours very truly

Daniel C. French.

New York March 30, 1884


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S. L. Clemens, Esq | Hartford | Connecticut [return address:] from D. C. French | Concord Mass [postmarked:] new y[ork] ... 9[illegible] g 84 [and:] hartford, conn. rec'd apr 1 10 am 1884

Textual Commentary

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

Persons Mentioned

Daniel Chester French  (1850–1931)

Daniel Chester French was a prolific sculptor best known for his Minuteman at Concord (1874) and for the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. (1920). Louisa May Alcott's sister Mary convinced him to be a sculptor when he was growing up in Concord, Mass. He was also a member of the Boston Authors Club, which included Clemens, William Dean Howells, and Thomas Bailey Aldrich as members.