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DICKENS, Charles.
ALS to 'Dear Mrs Howitt', from Devonshire Terrace, Twenty Sixth April 1850.
1850. 13 lines in blue ink on first side only of folded 8vo leaf, with integral blanks. Two light horizontal folds for posting. v.g. Pilgrim Letters, vol. VI, p.90. A nice letter, to a well-known author, illustrative of Dickens's role as an editor. He writes to Mary Howitt, an occasional contributor to Household Words, '. I am very happy indeed, to receive your paper. When you shall have finished what remains to be added, will you kindly send it to me, as I want to see (with a view to its division) what the story makes, and how it ends.'. Anne Lohrli's comprehensive bibliography of Household Words notes that Mrs Howitt's only attributed contributions to the publication were in verse. This letter probably refers to The Miner's Daughters. A Tale of the Peak. In three Chapters, which appeared in the number for the 4th of May, and two subsequent numbers. It was attributed to Mary Howitt's husband William, but as the Howitts often worked collaboratively, it might well have been the case that Mary was the main contributor.
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