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DICKENS, Charles.
ALS to 'Dear Madam [Miss Emily Jolly]', on headed mourning paper, Gad's Hill Place, Saturday night, second January, 1864.
1864. 15 lines on first side only of folded 8vo leaf; lightly folded for posting. v.g. Pilgrim Letters vol. X, p.334. A brief letter indicative of the constant pressures upon Dickens's time, but illustrative of his efforts to remain courteous and dutiful with regards to correspondence. Dickens informs Miss Jolly, 'I am so very much occupied and have so many claims upon my thoughts that I really cannot undertake at this time to read your MS'. He continues, 'Sensible of the confidence you would repose in me, it would haunt me if I had it in a drawer here, but I could not help its doing so, perhaps for months, before I could bestow attention on it'. Signed, 'Faithfully Yours', with his usual flourish. Emily Jolly, 1834-1917, was a novelist who first came to Dickens's attention in 1854, when he published 'A Wife's Story' in Household Words. He considered it worthy of high praise, and predicted for its author 'great fame', but while she wrote several novels over the next twenty years, she made no further contributions to Household Words. A short story 'An Experience' appeared in All the Year Round in 1869. It is not clear which work Dickens refers to in this letter. Jolly wrote several short stories around this time that later appeared in collections, and also a novel, Cumworth House, published by Hurst & Blackett in 1864. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
Bookseller: Jarndyce, The 19th Century Booksellers [London, United Kingdom]
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