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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 201Editor’s NoteTo THE REV. FRANCIS MAHONY, [?NOVEMBER 1836]

MS Free Library of Philadelphia. Date: Signature suggests Nov 1836; the appointment was perhaps at Macrone's office (see fn).

Furnivals Inn. | Monday Night.

My Dear Sir.

I take the opportunity of my boy coming your way, early tomorrow morning, to say that I shall be at leisure either on Saturday or Monday next, before 12, or after 3; and shall be happy to keep any appointment on either day, that it may suit Mr. Maclise1 to make.2

  •                                        Believe me
  •                                             My Dear Sir
  •                                                   Faithfully Yours
  • Reverend Francis Mahoney.                          Charles Dickens

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201 n. 1 line 13 for 1871 read 1874
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1 Daniel Maclise (?1806–70; DNB), one of the most admired painters of his day. Born in Cork of humble Scottish-Irish parents; studied art at Cork Academy and at the Royal Academy schools where he did brilliantly. His gift for character portraits (first shown in his sketch of Scott, made unobserved in a Cork bookshop 1825) was fully displayed in his famous portrait sketches for Fraser's Magazine, 1830–8 (posthumously republished as The Maclise Portrait Gallery, 1871). First exhibited at the Academy 1829 ("Malvolio affecting the Count", the earliest of his many Academy pictures inspired by literary subjects); ARA1835,RA 1840. Maclise had a warm and genial nature and was a singularly handsome and attractive man. He became a frequent guest of CD's at Twickenham in summer 1838 (F, ii, v, 130); two years later he replaced Ainsworth in the "trio" with Forster. For his portrait of CD, painted summer 1839, see frontispiece and To Harley, 28 June 39, fn. See later vols.
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2 This may have led to the meeting recorded by Thackeray in his sketch of CD, Maclise, Mahony and himself "at St James's Square 1836" (reproduced in Letters and Private Papers of W. M. Thackeray, ed. G. N. Ray, London, 1945–6, 1, facing p. 308).
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