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Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884

Edited by Leslie Myrick and Christopher Ohge

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Virginia Waring to Samuel L. Clemens
31 March 1884 • Washington, D.C.
(MS: CU-MARK, UCLC 41996)

My dear Mr. Clemmens—

I have had many applications from friends desiring autographs of distinguished authors; and as yours is one so often begged for, I think I ought to keep quite a store on hand.

Will you then kindly send me at once, a dozen or so (with your nom de plume as well)?

When these are exhausted I shall forthwith notify you that I may receive a fresh supply.

Knowing your reputation for amiability I shall feel no hesitation in asking this slight favor.

Very cordially yours

Virginia Waring.

2009 J. st.WashingtonD.C. April 1st 1884.


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S, L. Clemmens Esq. | Hartford. | Conn. [postmarked:] washington mar 31 7 am 1884 d.c. [docketed by SLC, in pencil:] Mrs Waring | mention |

Textual Commentary

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

Persons Mentioned

Virginia Waring  (1835–1891)

The first wife of Col. George E. Waring Jr., and mother of Effie, Virginia Waring died in 1891 in Newport, R.I. (Newport Mercury, 12 December 1891, 1).