Lot #690
Charles Dickens Autograph Letter Signed

"I have done so much of the Xmas N:o myself (half of it)"
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Estimate: $1200+


"I have done so much of the Xmas N:o myself (half of it)"

ALS, one page, 5 x 8, Office of All the Year Round letterhead, November 3, 1866. Handwritten letter to Scottish journalist and dramatist Andrew Halliday, in full: "Pray do the paper you mention, by all means. I have done so much of the Xmas N:o myself (half of it), that I cannot as yet answer for what I can get in. But of your subject's being in accordance with the plans, there is no kind of doubt. I have specially noted it among the mass of contributions now tumbling in." In very good to fine condition, with some soiling, light overall creasing, and toning from prior display.

This letter is assuredly in reference to Mugby Junction, a set of short stories written in 1866 by Dickens and collaborators Charles Collins, Amelia B. Edwards, Hesba Stretton, and the recipient, Andrew Halliday, who wrote the story ‘No. 2 Branch Line: The Engine Driver.’ First published in a Christmas edition of the magazine All the Year Round, Dickens penned four of the eight stories of Mugby Junction, which includes the famous ghost story ‘The Signal-Man,’ a specter that is seen beside a tunnel entrance.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Science & Tech
  • Dates: #622 - Ended December 08, 2021

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