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Dickens, Charles
Autograph Letter Signed, to composer "Mr. Francesco Berger."
1855. Two pages (1st and 3rd of conjoined leaves), on stationery with a faint blind-stamp at the upper corner. "Tavistock House, Wednesday Tenth January 1855." The text of Dickens's letter (following "Dear Sir") is: I hope the opportunity you deserve will present itself naturally before very long. I cannot make an express appointment just now, as I am quite uncertain whether I may be called out of town tomorrow or next day, with Charles, or on the business of placing him in some house of commerce. Besides which, I have, the Christmas holidays being over, a fortnight's arrear of appointments to clear off. Your letter required no apology and is very agreeably done. Faithfully yours [signed] Charles Dickens. Francesco Berger (1834-1933) born in London of Italian and German parentage, as a teen in 1848 traveled to Trieste (his father's home city), returning to England in 1855. He was trained as a pianist and composer, and would go on to be a professor at the Royal Academy of Music, and the 27-year Secretary of the Philharmonic Society. But look at the year he returned to England: 1855! -- the year of this letter (January 10th). Although Berger would become a great friend of Charles Dickens, and a frequent visitor at Tavistock House, we believe that this letter might be Dickens's first to him (with its formal "Dear Sir"). Upon arriving in England Berger probably sent out "feelers" for musical commissions, and this letter appears to be Dickens's polite declination. But this declination appears to have been temporary: look at what happened later in 1855, according to Berger's 1913 … [Click Below for Full Description]
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