Item No: cdc401001
Title: ALs to John A. Overs
1 Devonshire Terrace, York Gate
February 16th. 1840.
Dear Mr. Overs.
I have read your Legend of Canterbury with great interest and pleasure. It would have been a most creditable performance to anybody – it is strikingly and remarkably so to you, who write under so many disadvantages – and if I had the control of any Magazine, I would publish it immediately.
It has occurred to me that as this Story possesses a local as well as a general interest, it would be excellently adapted to a Kentish Magazine. Now although there is no such thing in existence (that I know of) at this moment, I have reason to believe that there soon will be, as a gentleman who has such a periodical in contemplation wrote to me about it a few weeks since. I strongly recommend you to write to this gentleman yourself – to mention me in any way you please – and to say that you will be happy to send him your tale for perusal, if he will permit you. His address is “H. G. Adams Esquire – J Bryant Esquire’s Parsonage House – Chatham”. I think it will be an acquisition to him, and that you will be mutually obliged to each other.
I don’t know what the resources of this local magazine may afford – very little, I dare say – but the gentleman of whom I speak, cannot be offended by your asking the question and I have no doubt will return you a straight forward answer. I would lose no time, but write to him immediately, and I again empower you to make the fullest use of my poor recommendation.
Very faithfully Yours
Mr. J. A. Overs.
February 16th 1840
Rare Book Department
Overs, John A., 1808-1844
Bequest of William M. Elkins, 8/5/47.
Volume 2, p. 30, The Letters of Charles Dickens, edited by Madeline House & Graham Storey ; associate editors, W.J. Carlton … [et al.].
Creation Place Note:1 Devonshire Terrace, York Gate Regents Park
DL Ov2 1840-02-16
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 - Author