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Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884

Edited by Leslie Myrick and Christopher Ohge

John E. Gowen to Samuel L. Clemens
31 March 1884 • New York, N.Y.
(MS: CU-MARK, UCLC 41874)

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the lotos club

147 fifth avenue

New York, March 31, 1884

My dear Clemens,

Will you be so good as to send me your autograph. I am sure you cannot refuse an old friend.

John E. Gowen


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Samuel L. Clemens Esq. | Mark Twain, | Hartford, | Conn. [postmarked:] new york mar 31 3 pm f 84 [SLC, in pencil:] Gowen

Textual Commentary

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

Persons Mentioned

John E. Gowen  (1825–1895)

Col. John Gowen was an engineer and investor who defined his career by raising the Russian fleet of more than seventy ships after they were sunk at Sevastopol during the Crimean War. He was also an early member of the Lotos Club.