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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pg 456Editor’s NoteTo FREDERICK SALMON, 30 DECEMBER 1841

Text from transcript by Waiter Dexter.

  • Devonshire Terrace
  • Thursday Night December Thirtieth 1841

My Dear Salmon.

Here are two books which complete your set, so far.1 I was sorry to miss you to-day, and will come down to-morrow morning at half-past ten.

  •                                    Faithfully Yours always
  • Frederick Salmon Esquire                       Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
456 line 2 read Facsimile in Paul Temperly, Books and I, Cleveland, The Rowfant Club, 1938, II, 456.
line 3 letter should now read
  • Devonshire Terrace.
  • Thursday Night December Thirtieth / 1841
My Dear Salmon.
Here are the books which complete your set, so far. I was very sorry to miss you today, and will come to you tomorrow morning at Half Past Ten.
Faithfully Yours always
Frederick Salmon Esquire                 CHARLES DICKENS
Editor’s Note
1 One of them was the first independent edn of Barnaby, with an inscription to Salmon dated 30 Dec 41 (now in the possession of Col. Richard Gimbel). The other, completing Salmon's "set" (for what he already had, see 25 Oct, fn), was no doubt Master Humphrey, Vol. iii; for Salmon kept this letter in Master Humphrey, Vol. i. Other books given to friends at about this time (and now in the Widener Collection, Harvard) were Master Humphrey, Vols ii and iii, on 29 Dec, to Harley (who had written to him 16 Dec, inviting him and Catherine to dinner on 28 or 30 Dec: MS Huntington); and the first edn of Barnaby to Jeffrey, inscribed: "Lord Jeffrey From his affectionate friend Charles Dickens. New Year's Night 1842". Jeffrey wrote on the same day, asking CD to deliver two notes in America; saying he hoped to see him again before he left; and echoing Brutus's farewell to Cassius: "If we shall meet again, why we shall smile—if not, our last parting was well made" (Anderson Galleries catalogue, March 1916). To Landor CD gave Barnaby (now in the possession of Col. Richard Gimbel); Talfourd wrote on 30 Dec saying how dearly he would prize the volumes he had received from CD the night before (MS Huntington); Rogers had written on 6 Dec: "I shall hope to [see] you all on Friday at 6 1 2 (MS Huntington)—presumably to say goodbye; and Hood wrote on "Saturday [?26 Dec]": "As you are going to America, and have kindly offered to execute any little commission for me— pray, if it be not too much trouble, try to get me an Autograph of Sandy Hook's [a town in New York Bay]. I have Theodore's" (MS Huntington). At about this time, Hood must have written his review of Barnaby for the Athenæum (22 Jan 42)—praising the workmanship, delighting in Miggs ("one of the jewels of the book"), seeing Dennis's hanging as "a fine moral lesson", and finding the book "particularly well-timed", since there was now a "worse fanatical demon abroad", a "growing spirit… setting itself against Art, Science, Literature, the Drama, and all public amusements" (i.e. Evangelicalism).
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