Charles Dickens

Kathleen Mary Tillotson, Graham Storey, and Angus Easson (eds), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 7: 1853–1855

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pg 578To W. M. THACKERAY, 26 MARCH 1855

MS Berg Collection.

Tavistock House | Monday Twenty Sixth March 1855

My Dear Thackeray

Many thanks for the extract.1 You say it is not much, but I think it is—very much—and I have read it with great emotion.

It was a very large sum to get2—most generously got. I had already given my five pounds before I received your note, but you shall call upon me at any time for another five, when you may have reason to think that a little reserved fund may be timely and useful.

  • Ever Yours
  •               CD.

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Editor’s Note
1 Obviously a transcription of Thackeray's remarks about CD in his "Charity and Humour" lecture, considerably longer than in The Times's report, 23 Mar.
Editor’s Note
2 Thackeray had originally delivered the lecture in New York, 31 Jan 53, for charity and saw it as available for future such occasions (Letters and Private Papers, ed. G. N. Ray, iii, 187, 189). Angus Bethune Reach (1821–56; DNB), "a gentleman honourably known in the literary world, and reduced to distress by unmerited calamity" (The Times, 23 Mar) had suffered a mental and physical collapse. See Charles Mackay, Forty Years' Recollections of Life, Literature and Public Affairs. From 1830 to 1870, 2 vols, 1877, i, 148–57, and Nigel Cross, The Common Writer, pp. 112–13.
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