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Madeline House, Graham Storey, and Kathleen Mary Tillotson (eds), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 3: 1842–1843

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MS Colonel Richard Gimbel. Address: Richard Dana Esquire | Boston.

Tremont House, Boston. | Fourth February 1842.

My Dear Sir.

I thank you most heartily, for your kind note of this morning,2 and for the copy of Bryants3 Poems4 you have given me. I assure you that I shall prize it very highly for your sake; and that I attach no common value to your kind and affectionate expressions.

I shall hope to see you again, before I leave this country. But in England or America, I shall never fail to look back with pleasure to our brief intercourse, or to be with sincere regard, My Dear Sir,

  •                                                   Your faithful friend
  • Richard Dana Esquire                                   Charles dickens

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Editor’s Note
1 Clearly R. H. Dana, Sr, a close friend of Bryant's, with a daughter old enough to collect leaves for Catherine (see below).
Editor’s Note
2 Dana had written on 3 Feb: "My dear Sir— | Pray do me the kindness to take home with you this copy of my friend Bryant's Poems. And when you now & then look into it, sometimes remember me, will you? | You have heard of our Autumn Woods; & Bryant, as you may remember, has beautifully sung them here. … My daughter … has slipt in a few leaves for Mrs. Dickens, only regretting that she had not a greater variety & brighter ones to send. | And you will be gone from us before they put on their Josephs again—their coats of many colors. You would hardly believe me, could I tell you how sad it makes me to think on it.… | If you return this way I trust that you will give me an evening at my house with Allston & two or three more" (MS Colonel Richard Gimbel).
Editor’s Note
3 Thus in MS. William Cullen Bryant: see To Bryant, 14 Feb, fn.
Editor’s Note
4 The 6th edn, New York, 1840, of his Poems, 1832, inscribed to CD "with the sincere regards of Richd. H. Dana" (Catalogue of the Library of CD, ed. J. H. Stone-house, p. 16). The volume was originally published in London (1832), with an introduction by Washington Irving, who dedicated it to Samuel Rogers.
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