Charles Dickens

Graham Storey (ed.), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 11: 1865–1867

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MS Huntington Library.

  • Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin
  • Sunday Seventeenth March 1867

aMy Dearest Georgy

Enclosed is Alfred's letter. Will you send it to Plorn?a

Everything remains, in appearance, perfectly quiet here. The streets are gay all day—now that the weather is improved—and singularly quiet and deserted at night. But the whole place is secretly girt in with a military force. Tomorrow night is supposed to be a critical time; but, in view of the enormous preparations, I should say that the chances are at least one hundred to one against any disturbance.

I cannot make sure whether I wrote to you yesterday, and told you that we had done very well at the first reading, after all—even in money. The reception was prodigious, and the Readings are the town talk. But I rather think I did actually write this to you. My doubt on the subject arises from my having deliberated about writing on a Saturday.

The most curious—and for facilities of mere destruction, such as firing houses in different quarters, the most dangerous—piece of intelligence imparted to me on authority, is, that the Dublin domestic men servants as a class are all Fenians.

  • Ever affecy.
  •              CD.

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