Autograph Letter signed, to fellow writer G[ilbert]. A'Beckett
by Dickens, Charles
1851. Two pages (first and third panels of a folded leaf), addressed to "Dear A'Beckett". [London:] "Devonshire Terrace | Monday Tenth February 1851." Dickens wrote this letter to the English humorist, journalist and playwright Gilbert A'Beckett, just before departing, later that same evening, for a brief trip to Paris (within a couple of days he was writing letters from the Hôtel Wagram there). His companion on the trip was caricaturist and illustrator John Leech, who like A'Becket was a major force of the comic journal Punch. Their main reason for the trip was to absorb the sights and sounds and smells of the early-morning Cattle Market in Poissy and the Abattoir in Montmartre -- which in an upcoming Household Words piece (March 8th), Dickens would contrast with Smithfield and the London slaughter-houses. The text of the letter reads:~Your note of Saturday reaching me when I was striving with a violently agitated cross-sea of correspondence, I unfortunately mislaid it. I have no doubt it will reappear triumphantly, in a few months; but I am not certain that I have accurately remembered in the List, what places you want. As I am going to Paris for five days, and have in the meanwhile placed my list in the fists of Forster, will you write him one line, and relieve me from the painful possibility of any short-coming in respect to your wish. I think I am right, but I am not sure.~Faithfully yours always~[signed]Charles Dickens~The letter is in fine condition. Per the Pilgrim Edition of Dickens's Letters Vol. 6, CD wrote many letters on that day of departure -- but this one is not cited among them.
(Inventory #: 13437)
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