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DICKENS, Charles.

Autograph letter signed to Henry Morley.

[London]: Office [of All The Year Round], Twenty Second August 1868 Stock Code: 135027
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Dickens asks his assistant to find a needle in a haystack

A letter showing Dickens's continuing work micromanaging the affairs of his periodical, All the Year Round. "My Dear Morley, An officer of one of the Cunard steamers - named Boyd - writes me (in a highly illegible hand) that he has sent a "small story" to All The Year Round. He does not give its title, so I supposed he has added his name to his MS. I have not the least reason to suppose that it will suit us, but I shall be glad to send him a line under my own hand if you can find this needle in our haystack by next Thursday. Faithfully yours always, Charles Dickens"

The apothecary, journalist, and literary scholar Henry Morley (18221894) was on the staff of Household Words from 1851 to 1859, and then All The Year Round from 1859 to 1865. He abandoned daily journalism in favour of teaching English literature at King's College, London, becoming professor in December 1865, but, as this letter shows, remained available to help Dickens.

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Description

Single sheet, mounted, glazed, and framed, together with a colour reproduction of the Alfred Bryan caricature of Thackeray and Dickens.

Condition

Creased where folded, a couple of rust marks, not examined out of frame.

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