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Charles Dickens

Madeline House and Graham Storey (eds), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 1: 1820–1839

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pg 192To JOHN MACRONE, [?9 NOVEMBER 1836]

MS Huntington Library. Date: probably the first Wednesday after the Agreement of 4 Nov; on 7 Nov Bentley had announced Mahony (under the name "Father Prout") as a contributor to the Miscellany.

Furnivals Inn. | Wednesday Morning

My Dear Macrone.

Will you have the goodness to write me down Mahoney's1 titles—and address if you know it. Is he "the Reverend",2 or what?

  • Faithfully Yours
  •                CD.

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Editor’s Note
1 Mis-spelt by CD, except in next letter (when he was no doubt copying the name from Macrone's note). Francis Sylvester Mahony (1804–66; DNB), Irish priest, wit, bohemian and man of letters. After a Jesuit training in Ireland, France and Rome, dismissed from the Order in Nov 1830. Ordained a secular priest 1832, but soon came to London and devoted himself to writing, as "Father Prout". Wrote clever and entertaining papers for Fraser's Magazine 1834–6—collected as The Reliques of Father Prout, 2 vols, 1836; during 1837 contributed about 20 poems (translations into Latin, Greek and French) and a few short papers to the Miscellany. Travelled extensively, and sent "A Poetical Epistle from Father Prout to Boz" from Genoa (Miscellany, Jan 38, iii, 71). Chiefly remembered in Ireland as the author of "The Bells of Shandon".
Editor’s Note
2 He was always given this title and would tolerate no suggestion that he had ceased to be a priest. But he soon gave up wearing strictly clerical dress.
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