Charles Dickens

Graham Storey (ed.), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 12: 1868–1870

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pg 334To W. P. FRITH, 15 APRIL 1869*

MS Victoria & Albert Museum.

Leeds,1 Fifteenth April 1869

My Dear Frith

I send you a copy of my letter to Mrs. Cattermole. I had not time to do so, before leaving London yesterday.

As I do not remember her address, I also send you the letter itself. Kindly direct and send it to the post, and do likewise with the enclosed to Bicknell.

They are selling my Tickets here at a Guinea apiece (original cost, five shillings). I wonder who gets the money! I know who don't, and that is

  • Your Ever Illustrious friend
  • Charles Dickens2

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Editor’s Note
1 Where he read Boots, Sikes and Nancy and Mr Bob Sawyer's Party in the Mechanics' Institution, on 16 Apr. The Yorkshire Post, 17 Apr, particularly praised Sikes and Nancy: "he held the attention of his listeners spell bound"; the Leeds Mercury, referring to him as "the Great Commoner, as he has been called, of English fiction" (see To Delane, 14 Apr, fn), commented that the readings had "strengthened the relations which exist between himself and his readers".
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2 Transcribed at end of letter, in unknown hand, is copy of To Mrs Cattermole, 14 Apr.
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