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DICKENS, Charles.
ALS to 'Dear Sir [Captain Frederic Brine]', From 'Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, Friday Twentieth August, 1858'.
1858. 21 lines in blue ink on first & third side of folded 8vo leaf; lightly folded for posting. Docketed on verso of 4th side in black ink, 'Letter from Charles Dickens to Capt Frederic Brine. v.g. Not in Pilgrim Letters. Dickens writes to Brine during the first season of his celebrated reading tours, giving an indication of the great rigours and personal sacrifices incurred by the schedule. He thanks Brine for his 'kind and hospitable letter', but informs him 'the fatigues of my hurried tour are so great, and its work so hard, that I find all social pleasures to be incompatible with them, and am forced to forgo all engagements and invitations'. He is nonetheless appreciative of his 'cordial remembrance', and 'heartily' thanks him for it. Signed 'very faithfully yours', with his customary flourish. We have not been able to further identify the recipient. Dickens was in Liverpool from the 18th to the 21st of August, before crossing the Irish Sea for engagements in Dublin. On the evening of the 20th he read, at Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall, 'The Poor Traveller', 'Boots at the Hollytree Inn' and 'Mrs Gamp'. It proved a particular high spot in the tour, with Dickens remarking to Wills in a letter written the following morning, 'Last night, we had the greatest house, both in numbers and money, we have ever had: London included'. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
Bookseller: Jarndyce, The 19th Century Booksellers [London, United Kingdom]
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