Item No: cdc309601
Title: ALs to Daniel Maclise
My Dear Mac
Perhaps you haven’t heard that poor Macreadys have suddenly lost little Joan – the night before last, it was – and that little Henry is almost despaired of also.
It is impossible, I am sure, that any people can more truly sympathize with the affliction of others, than we do for the sorrows of those to whom we are so strongly and ardently attached – and so I know you will say and feel. But I vow to God that if you had seen Forster last night, you would have supposed our Dear Friend was dead himself – in such an amazing display of grief did he indulge, and into such a very gloomy gulf was he sunk up to the chin.
I wrote to Macready yesterday, but have not seen him of course. Poor fellow. He is a man of very strong affections, and I fear feels this misfortune keenly. If the second Child die, it will be a heavy blow indeed.
We dine today at 5 or a quarter before, and I think Forster will take a little sustenance at that time. Will you come in, if you are not going anywhere? Burn this letter, for I generally see my autographs for six months past, lying about your room.
Friday Morning Twenty Seventh Novr.
Friday Morning Twenty Seventh Novr. 
Rare Book Department
Maclise, Daniel, 1806-1870
Gift of Mrs. D. Jacques Benoliel, 12/6/55.
Volume 2, pp. 158-159, The Letters of Charles Dickens, edited by Madeline House & Graham Storey ; associate editors, W.J. Carlton … [et al.].
Creation Place Note:Devonshire Terrace
DL M225 1840-11-27
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 - Author