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ALS in draft to an unknown correspondent. 'I lose not a single moment in addressing this letter to you ... I made a charge against you in the Garrick Club ... I indiscreetly made it in the strongest belief that I was right ... since I left the Committee Room today I have had reason to believe - reason that I could not possibly foresee - that I was wrong. I therefore beg in the fullest and amplest manner to express my regret ...' With some 17 deletions and insertions.
[1865] 20 lines on verso only single 8vo leaf, headed paper of All the Year Round.This is recorded in vol. XI of Pilgrim Letters, p.20, BUT WITHOUT NOTING THE INSERTIONS & CORRECTIONS. A draft letter to a member of the Garrick Club. The letter dates to February 1865 and is written in the aftermath of the blackballing on 25 February of W.H. Wills, Dickens's assistant, by members of the Club. Dickens initially resigned membership on the same day, to be followed on the 3rd May with a note requesting that the Secretary 'with-hold my letter of retirement ... as it is possible that I may have occasion to enter the Club once more, before finally leaving it ...' His 'withdrawal', with Wilkie Collins & Fechter, eventually took place on 9th March. Dickens joined and resigned from the Garrick several times - most famously over the 'Garrick Club Dispute' between Thackeray and Edmund Yates in 1858 - but this resignation in 1865 was his last. Presumably the intended recipient of the letter, if it was ever sent, was either the Secretary or to a committee member of the Club who had been verbally attacked by Dickens. A most unusual document: Dickens was clearly exercised by the whole business and lost his temper - this manuscript shows him admitting 'I was wrong'. It is also unusual in being a heavily corrected draft, when Dickens was normally a supremely confident letter-writer. CAROL CHECK - Dickens's - use throughout PLEASE NOTE: For customers within the UK and the EU, this item is subject to VAT.
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