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Lot #439
Charles Dickens

The politics of his time: “It should be left, with other issues, to the New Lords”

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The politics of his time: “It should be left, with other issues, to the New Lords”

ALS, two pages, 4.25 x 7, September 9, 1841. Dickens writes to his brother, Frederick. In part: “Of course the wording of the minute is of some importance; but I don’t think that its having been made, is the discouraging and ominous circumstance you take it for. It seems to me natural enough that Archer[?] being away, and the ministers going out, the step … not be taken until his return: and the more your promotion was a mere matter of course, the more likely (in my eyes) that it should be left, with other issues, to the new Lords. I suppose you will soon see whether my impression is right or wrong. I shall be anxious to know, and beg you will let me hear…. Milton is here, but he goes to town again on Saturday morning—preparing for his Great Northern Tour…. Love from Kate and the babies….” On the reverse of the second page Dickens has added a note asking that Frederick pay a call on his behalf. Accompanied by an early handwritten dealer’s description describing the letter as relating to the “Dissolution of 1841” (the defeat of Lord Melbourne’s administration). In very good to fine condition, with itersecting folds (vertical fold to first name; pinholes at intersection; tiny edge separations), and mild wrinkling and soiling. The writing is dark throughout. Auction LOA John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and R&R COA.

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  • Dates: #333 - Ended May 14, 2008