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DICKENS CHARLES (1812-1870) autograph letter signed with envelope also signed. "Charles Dickens", London 6 July 1848, to Robert LAMOND, Esquire, Glasgow; 3 pages in-8. Lamond, a solicitor and agent of the Conservative Party, was a member of the Glasgow Entertainment Committee. The letter was written at a time when, having completed Dombey and Son, Dickens went on a theatrical tour with an amateur company made up of friends with twin productions of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and "Every Man in His Humour" and two short farces. "I shall be glad to hear when it shall be in your power to advise me touching another performance on the Thursday. In any case, some of our company will be obliged to leave on the Wednesday and I am consequently preparing a piece called 'Used Up' for the first piece on the chance of our acting a second time. In reference to the hospitable intentions of Mr. Dalgleish, Mr. Tennant and others, I have no alternative but at once to decline them with my hearty thanks. The heat, hurry, and fatigue, of these excursions and performances is very great indeed fully as much as those who have a great deal to do in the play can bear and we make it a rule never to go out on such occasions, or to eat and drink away from our own table. I do not quite understand whether you mean that the author of the play you speak of wishes to have it acted. But if that is his object, I should say that I believe it to be, in these times, perfectly hopeless and unattainable....." Dickens' amateur company travelled to Scotland on the 15th July. On the 20th July they were giving a second performance of the Merry Wives. By Monday 24th Dickens was back in London. Good condition, clean splitting to central fold but still holding, traces of glue marks at corners of blank, verso. Envelope with postal stamps. Minor grubbiness. An excellent letter from Dickens on tour with his beloved amateur theatricals.
Author Charles Dickens
Date 1848
Binding no binding
Publisher manuscript
Condition Very good
Pages 3

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