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Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884

Edited by Leslie Myrick and Christopher Ohge

Robert Swain Gifford to Samuel L. Clemens
31 March 1884 • New York, N.Y.
(MS: CU-MARK, UCLC 41872)

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152 West 57th st New York March 31st 1884.

Samuel L. Clemens Esqr, Dear Sir:

Will you be kind enough to send me your autograph?

I have a small but choice collection of autographs, but require yours that I may feel it is quite to my mind.

I would enclose stamp, but find I am entirely out of them, will remit on receipt of your note.

Very truly yours

R. Swain Gifford.


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Samuel L. Clemens Esqr. | Hartford | Conn. [postmarked:] [unclear] | mar 31 1884 [unclear] [and:] bos ... hore ny r. p. o. [docketed by SLC, in pencil:] Gifford | [rule] good? | mention

Textual Commentary

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

Persons Mentioned

Robert Swain Gifford  (1840–1905)

Robert Gifford was an artist best known for his landscape paintings, particularly of the American West, New England, and North Africa. An early member of the Society of American Artists, he was also friends with Clemens's friend the artist Frank Millet, who traveled with Gifford to Germany and Scandinavia in 1882.