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Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884

Edited by Leslie Myrick and Christopher Ohge

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Charles M. Leoser to Samuel L. Clemens
31 March 1884 • New York, N.Y.
(MS: CU-MARK, UCLC 41964)

My dear Mr. Clemens,

If I am not presuming too far upon our very slight acquaintance, may I ask if you will do me the favor to send me your autograph?

Always yours very truly

Charles McK. Leoser.

Lotos ClubNew York, March 31, 1884.


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Mr. Samuel L. Clemens, | Hartford, | Conn. [postmarked:] new-york mar 31 7 pm 84 [docketed by SLC, in pencil:] McK L (no good)

Textual Commentary

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

Persons Mentioned

Charles McKnight Leoser  (1839–1896)

Charles McKnight Leoser was born in Reading, Penn., and attended West Point. He commanded the Fire Zouaves during the Civil War and mustered out at the rank of colonel. He was the publisher of Bonfort's Wine and Spirits Circular, and president of the Wine and Spirits Traders' Society of New York. He served as president of the Lotos Club from 1872 to 1874, and two of his poems appear in Lotos Leaves (1875) (New York Times, 26 February 1896, 5).