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Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884

Edited by Leslie Myrick and Christopher Ohge

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Moses S. Beach to Samuel L. Clemens
31 March 1884 • Brooklyn, N.Y.
(MS: CU-MARK, UCLC 41854)

no. 96 columbia heights,

Brooklyn, N. Y.

Mar 31st 1884.

Friend Clemens

The attentions recently paid in your name to Capt Duncan [1] is a reminder that my autograph book is without your signature.

If you would like to be seen in such goodly company as some of the Presidents and Cabinet Officers of past years, with a long line of newspaper magnates, and inmates, please send it along and I will suitably place it.

Yours Truly,

M S Beach


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Sam'l L. Clemens | Hartford | Conn. [postmarked:] brooklyn n. y. mar 31 84 1 pm [docketed by SLC, in pencil:] MS Beach | mention

Explanatory Notes

1. The "attentions" refer to Charles Duncan's libel suit against the New York Times, which was initiated by Mark Twain's interview insulting Duncan. See the letters from Charles Y. Beach and Charles Duncan. [back]

Textual Commentary

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

Persons Mentioned

Moses Sperry Beach  (1822–1892)

Moses S. Beach was a printer and best known as the editor of the New York Sun. He was a longtime member and former trustee of Plymouth Church who, with his daughter Emeline (1850–1924), was among the “most prominent Brooklynites” to meet Clemens on the Quaker City excursion in 1867. Clemens spoke well of Beach, grateful for the treatment he had received from him and especially praising his liberality and generosity toward the crew of the Quaker City.