Charles Dickens

Kathleen Mary Tillotson (ed.), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 4: 1844–1846

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To [MRS. GORE],2 13 APRIL 1844*

MS The Carl H. Pforzheimer Library.

1 Devonshire Terrace York Gate | Saturday Thirteenth April 1844.

Mr. Charles Dickens presents his compliments to the author of Agathonia,3 pg 101and begs to acknowledge, with very many thanks, the receipt of that book. He is much indebted to the author for his courteous and flattering attention; and anticipates great pleasure from its perusal.

Mr. Dickens loses no time in acknowledging its receipt: having lost some days already, he fears, through being in Yorkshire, whence he only returned home yesterday.

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Editor’s Note
2 Catherine Grace Frances Gore (1799–1861; DNB), novelist and dramatist: see Vol. ii, p. 200n.
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3 Agathonia, a Romance, a historical sketch in "poetic" prose, published anonymously by Moxon by 2 Apr. The Athenæum (11 May 44), in an unfavourable review, refers to "a sort of minikin mystery about the authorship of this book, which has been given to very nearly as many persons as 'Cecil'", and Mrs Gore's name was given in the advertisement of the edn published July 44. According to a letter of Forster to Bulwer Lytton (MS Lytton Papers), Mrs Gore was obliged to avow herself, as the story was found among Beckford's papers after his death on 2 May: "He put the incidents together—and wrote all the notes—and from his manuscript she recomposed the story". Beckford and Mrs Gore are known to have been friends, and Forster's account, though unconfirmed, seems not unlikely.
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