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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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MS British Museum.3 Date: The only Tues 20 Jan while CD was at Furnival's Inn was in 1835.

13 Furnivals Inn | Tuesday Evg. Jany. 20th.

My dear Sir.

As you begged me to write an original sketch for the first No. of The pg 55 New Evening Paper,1 and as I trust to your kindness to refer my application to the proper quarter, should I be unreasonably or improperly trespassing upon you, I beg to ask whether it is probable that if I commenced a series of articles under some attractive title for the Evening Chronicle, its conductors would think I had any claim to some additional remuneration (of course of no great amount) for doing so?2

Let me beg you not to misunderstand my meaning. Whatever the Reply may be, I promised you an Article, and shall supply it with the utmost readiness, and with an anxious desire to do my best; which I honestly assure you, would be the feeling with which I should always receive any request coming personally from yourself. I merely wish to put it to the Proprietors—first whether a continuation of light papers in the style of my "street sketches"3 would be considered of use to the new paper; and secondly, if so, whether they do not think it fair and reasonable, that—taking my share of the ordinary reporting business of The Chronicle besides—I should receive something for the papers beyond my ordinary Salary as a Reporter.

Begging you to excuse my troubling you, and taking this opportunity of acknowledging the numerous kindnesses I have already received at your hands, since I have had the pleasure of acting under you4

  •                                        I am
  •                                             My dear Sir
  •                                                   Sincerely Yours
  • Geo Hogarth Esqre.                                   Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
2 George Hogarth (1783–1870; DNB), CD's future father-in-law; lawyer, musician and distinguished music critic. Eldest son of Robert Hogarth, a prosperous Berwickshire farmer. Studied law in Edinburgh and practised there as a Writer to the Signet 1810–30. Married in June 1814 Georgina Thomson (1793–1863) and had ten children. Through his sister Christian's marriage to James Ballantyne, became Sir Walter Scott's trusted friend and adviser, and acted for him in his dealings with Ballantyne (see To Forster, 29 Aug 38, fn). In 1817 he, James Ballantyne and Scott bought the Edinburgh Weekly Journal (Sir H. J. C. Grierson, Letters of Sir Walter Scott, Barf., 1938, iv, 432 and n.). CD claimed that Hogarth introduced Lockhart to Scott. He is mentioned in Lockhart's Memoirs of the Life of Scott. In 1830 gave up law for journalism, because of financial difficulties; moved first to London, hoping for the editorship of the Courier; then in 1831 to Exeter, to edit the Tory Western Luminary, helped by Lockhart (Hogarth to Blackwood, 18 July 31: MS National library of Scotland); and a year later to Halifax, as first editor of another Tory weekly, the Halifax Guardian. He returned to London in Summer 1834 to join the staff of the Liberal Morning Chronicle, and it was there that CD met him. CD was soon a frequent visitor at his house, 18 York Place, Brompton, and became engaged to his daughter Catherine c. May 35. Hogarth's "beautiful notice" of Sketches in the Morning Chronicle (To Macrone, 11 Feb 36, fn) shows both his admiration for CD as a writer and his perception as a critic. He continued to help CD in his career, recommending The Village Coquettes to Braham and introducing him to Bentley (Jan and Mar 36). Within a year Hogarth was writing a substantial series of articles for the Miscellany ("A Passage in the Life of Beaumarchais", "The Poisoners of the Seventeenth Century", &c); and Bentley published his Memoirs of the Musical Drama, 1838. Edited the Musical Herald, 1846–7. Besides other books on music, and musical criticism for the Morning Chronicle and the Illustrated London News, he wrote songs, and was personally cultivated, genial and attractive. See later vols.
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3 First published by Charles Mackay, Forty Years' Recollections, 1877, i, 79. Mackay, when sub-editor on the Morning Chronicle, begged Hogarth to give him this letter, as he "repeatedly heard Mr. Black predict the future greatness of the writer" (ibid. i, 80).
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1 Hogarth had just been appointed co-editor (with John Hill Powell) of the Evening Chronicle, a new paper started by the proprietors of the Morning Chronicle. It came out three times a week, with the first issue 31 Jan 35.
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2 "Hackney Coach Stands", 31 Jan, was the first of a series of 20 "Sketches of London", published in the Evening Chronicle Jan–Aug 35. During this period CD's salary was increased from five to seven guineas a week.
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3 A series of five sketches, signed "Boz", contributed to the Morning Chronicle 26 Sep–15 Dec 34.
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4 On the Morning Chronicle.
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