Charles Dickens

Madeline House and Graham Storey (eds), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 2: 1840–1841

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To MRS GEORGE HOGARTH, 24 OCTOBER 1841

Photograph New York Public Library. Address: Mrs. Hogarth.

  • Devonshire Terrace
  • Sunday October Twenty Fourth 1841,

My Dear Mrs. Hogarth.

For God's sake be comforted, and bear this well, for the love of your remaining children.1

I had always intended to keep poor Mary's grave for us and our dear children, and for you. But if it will be any comfort to you to have poor George buried there, I will cheerfully arrange to place the ground at your entire disposal. Do not consider me in any way. Consult only your own heart. Mine seems to tell me that as they both died so young and so suddenly, they ought both to be buried together.2

Try—do try—to think that they have but preceded you to happiness, and will meet you with joy in Heaven. There is3 consolation in the knowledge that you have treasure there, and that while you live on earth, there are creatures among the Angels, who owed their being to you.

  • Always Yours with true affection
  •                 Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
1 Mrs Hogarth's son, George Thomson Hogarth (b. 26 Apr 1821), had died suddenly in London on 24 Oct.
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2 George Hogarth was buried in Mary's grave—as were their father and mother.
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3 Underlined twice.
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