Item No: cdc401901
Title: ALs to Thomas Noon Talfourd
My Dear Sir
Before you look at the accompanying mass of paper, let me assure you that I would not ask you to frank four letters for me on my own individual account. Ainsworth and I are attempting to get up a one volume collection of original fragments for the benefit of Macrone’s (the publisher’s) widow who is left utterly destitute with two helpless infant children. With this view we are writing to all those for whom he published, seeking their assistance as contributors; and four of the letters having to be sent by the General Post, we make bold in such a cause to ask you to frank them.
I mean to ask you for something more, in the event of this scheme being brought to bear, as I fervently hope it may. I think you must have a spare sonnet which you could bestow upon us. Its’ value to this poor creature would be really incalculable, so one of these days prepare yourself for a great appeal to your feelings when we are out riding together.
I shall see you at the new club on Saturday, if I fail to set eyes upon you before; and shall be truly delighted to have that opportunity of shaking hands with you again.
Believe me, ever,
Mr. Serjeant Talfourd MP.
&c &c &c
Monday Morning [12 February 1838]
Rare Book Department
Talfourd, Thomas Noon, Sir, 1795-1854
Purchased from Hamil & Barker, 5/55. Matlack Fund.
Volume 1, pp. 371-372, The Letters of Charles Dickens, edited by Madeline House & Graham Storey ; associate editors, W.J. Carlton … [et al.].
Creation Place Note:Doughty Street
DL T143 1838-02-12
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 - Author
- Talfourd, Thomas Noon, Sir, 1795-1854
- Ainsworth, William Harrison, 1805-1882
- Macrone, John, Mrs.
- Pic-Nic Papers, The
- 48 Doughty Street, Mecklenburgh Square, London