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Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884

Edited by Leslie Myrick and Christopher Ohge

George Carey Eggleston to Samuel L. Clemens
31 March 1884 • Brooklyn, N.Y.
(MS: CU-MARK, UCLC 41866)

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707 green ave.,

brooklyn, n.y.

31 March 1884

My dear Mr Clemens:—

My autograph book now contains autograph letters from all the men of letters with whom I have any acquaintance except yourself. Will you kindly make the collection complete?

Sincerely Yours

George Carey Eggleston


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To Mr Saml L. Clemens Esq | Hartford | Connecticut. [return address:] 797 greene ave. | brooklyn [postmarked:] brooklyn n.y. mar 31 11 pm 1884 [docketed by SLC, in pencil:] Eggleston

Textual Commentary

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

Persons Mentioned

George Cary Eggleston  (1839–1911)

Eggleston was a journalist, historian, and novelist raised in southern Indiana. He was practicing law in Richmond, Va., when the Civil War broke out, and served as a Confederate officer (he later witnessed the surrender at Appomattox). From 1871 to 1875 he served as the editor of Hearth and Home magazine, where he made the acquaintance of William Dean Howells. In 1875 he published a well-regarded memoir of his service entitled A Rebel's Recollections, which later formed the subject of his majestic two-volume History of the Confederate War. He was also known for Southern novels such as Dorothy South, A Carolina Cavalier, and Irene of the Mountains.