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Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884

Edited by Leslie Myrick and Christopher Ohge

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Nella Brown Pond to Samuel L. Clemens
31 March 1884 • Boston, Mass.
(MS: CU-MARK, UCLC 41971)

hotel berwick,


Mar. 31st. 1884.

Mr. S. L. Clemmens,

Dear Sir:—

I have never had the pleasure of meeting you personally, but have long been an ardent admirer of your writings, therefore I trust you will excuse the liberty I take in asking for one or ^two^ copies View Page
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of your autograph.

If you should feel generous enough to send three copies, I think I can dispose of them to good advantage.

Yours very sincerely

Nella Brown Pond.


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Mr. S. L. Clemens | Hartford | Conn. [postmarked:] boston mass mar 31 84 8 pm [docketed by SLC, in pencil:] Miss Pond | mention

Textual Commentary

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

Persons Mentioned

Nella Brown Pond  (1858–1893)

Nella Brown Pond was a dramatic reader and the wife of Ozias W. Pond. Despite early success with the Park Dramatic Company in Boston, she chose not to pursue a life on the stage, but channeled her dramatic talents into the platform by joining James Redpath's Lyceum Bureau.