Large ink signature, "Faithfully yours, Charles Dickens, Tremont House, Boston, Second February, 1842,” on an off-white 4.75 x 7.25 sheet. In very good condition, with creasing, scattered light toning, and short splits to the ends of the intersecting folds.
Dickens stayed at Tremont House in Boston from January 22 through February 5, which marked the beginning of his very first American tour. As word spread of the internationally renowned author's presence, the city buzzed with excitement: masses of enlivened fans grew anxious to greet him; publishers scrambled to reprint editions of his work; newspapers lauded his masterful writing; and enterprising locals produced commemorative trinkets and decorations to capitalize on the occasion. Doubtlessly obtained by one of his many Boston-area admirers, this desirable autograph represents Dickens's personal introduction to America.
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