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The Letters of Charles Dickens Vol. 3, 1836-1870   By: (1812-1870)

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THE LETTERS

OF

Charles Dickens

[Illustration]

THE LETTERS

OF

CHARLES DICKENS.

EDITED BY

HIS SISTER IN LAW AND HIS ELDEST DAUGHTER

VOL. III.

1836 TO 1870.

London: CHAPMAN AND HALL, LIMITED, 11, HENRIETTA STREET, COVENT GARDEN. 1882.

[ The Right of Translation is Reserved. ]

CHARLES DICKENS AND EVANS, CRYSTAL PALACE PRESS.

PREFACE.

Since our publication of "The Letters of Charles Dickens" we have received the letters addressed to the late Lord Lytton, which we were unable to procure in time for our first two volumes in consequence of his son's absence in India. We thank the Earl of Lytton cordially for his kindness in sending them to us very soon after his return. We also offer our sincere thanks to Sir Austen H. Layard, and to the senders of many other letters, which we now publish for the first time.

With a view to making our selection as complete as possible, we have collected together the letters from Charles Dickens which have already been published in various Biographies, and have chosen and placed in chronological order among our new letters those which we consider to be of the greatest interest.

As our Narrative was finished in our second volume, this volume consists of Letters only , with occasional foot notes wherever there are allusions requiring explanation.

MAMIE DICKENS. GEORGINA HOGARTH.

LONDON: September, 1881.

ERRATA.

VOL. III.

Page 87, line 5. For "J. W. Leigh Murray," read "Mr. Leigh Murray." " 111, line 8. For "annoying," read "amazing." " 243, line 10. For "Tarass Boulla," read "Tarass Boulba." " 259, line 6, and in footnote. For "Hazlett," read "Hazlitt." " 261, line 2. For "procters," read "proctors."

THE

LETTERS OF CHARLES DICKENS.

1836 to 1839.

[Sidenote: Mr. John Hullah.]

FURNIVAL'S INN, Sunday Evening (1836) (?).

MY DEAR HULLAH,

Have you seen The Examiner ? It is rather depreciatory of the opera; but, like all inveterate critiques against Braham, so well done that I cannot help laughing at it, for the life and soul of me. I have seen The Sunday Times , The Dispatch , and The Satirist , all of which blow their critic trumpets against unhappy me most lustily. Either I must have grievously awakened the ire of all the "adapters" and their friends, or the drama must be decidedly bad. I haven't made up my mind yet which of the two is the fact.

I have not seen the John Bull or any of the Sunday papers except The Spectator . If you have any of them, bring 'em with you on Tuesday. I am afraid that for "dirty Cummins'" allusion to Hogarth I shall be reduced to the necessity of being valorous the next time I meet him.

Believe me, most faithfully yours.

[Sidenote: The same.]

FURNIVAL'S INN, Monday Afternoon, 7 o'clock (1836).

MY DEAR HULLAH,

Mr. Hogarth has just been here, with news which I think you will be glad to hear. He was with Braham yesterday, who was far more full of the opera[1] than he was; speaking highly of my works and "fame" (!), and expressing an earnest desire to be the first to introduce me to the public as a dramatic writer. He said that he intended opening at Michaelmas; and added (unasked) that it was his intention to produce the opera within one month of his first night. He wants a low comedy part introduced without singing thinking it will take with the audience; but he is desirous of explaining to me what he means and who he intends to play it. I am to see him on Sunday morning. Full particulars of the interview shall be duly announced.

Perhaps I shall see you meanwhile. I have only time to add that I am

Most faithfully yours.

[Sidenote: The same.]

PETERSHAM, Monday Evening (1836)... Continue reading book >>


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