I've attached the printed letter Cable sent out to about 150 people,
asking them to send Twain letters on April 1st. Hope it goes through OK.
The recipient, Violet Beach, was a friend of both Twain and Cable. Her
father was editor of the NY Sun and was on the Quaker City excursion.
His other daughter Emma played chess with Twain. Violet was born in
1867, and according to one biographer she was fathered by Henry Ward
Beecher, who had an affair with Moses Beach's wife, Chloe.
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From: "Bird, John C." <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: 4/29/2020 11:23:53 AM
Subject: Cable April Fool's Joke Source
>I found this excellent online source lately, a textual edition of George Washington Cable’s 1884 April Fool’s joke on Mark Twain. A good introduction, but the main delight is the reprinting of all the known hoax letters:
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