ALs to John Cay

Charles Dickens
ALs to John Cay

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Item No: cdc279601
Title: ALs to John Cay
Accession Number: 87-173
Physical Description: [3] pages

                                   I Devonshire Terrace
                                                York Gate Regents Park.
                                                            July The Twenty First 1841.
My Dear Sir,
Many thanks for your letter, and for the index to the same.  They both reached me, safely.
My Barnaby plans are so laid, that I am not sure (especially as I think I can make a better riot than Lord George Gordon did) whether I could make any use of any new discoveries.  But being interested in the subject I should very much like to see the two books of which you so kindly proffer me the loan.  And if you will  have the kindness to address them to me to the care of the Clock agent--Mr. Menzies, Bookseller of Prince's Street--I have no doubt he will have the means of forwarding them.
I am delighted to hear that the Orsons are at peace, and that you, Valentine, got home again undamaged.  I was half afraid to look into the print shop windows at Glasgow as I rode through the town, lest I should see a lithographic representation ( on the model of the picture of Captain Cook's death) of certain Irish excavators beating you to death with clubs.  I bless my stars--and the Military--for your preservation.
Mrs. Dickens desires to be kindly remembered to you, and I am, with many thanks,
                                                                                   My Dear Sir
                                                                                         Faithfully Yours
                                                                                                Charles DIckens
P.S. I should state that I have the remarkable property of taking care of borrowed books, and returning them.


MssDate: July The Twenty-First 1841
Media Type: Letters
Source: Rare Book Department

Record created by BZ.

Recipient: Cay, John, 1790-1865
Provenance: Sotheby sale, lot 550, via Maggs, Gratz Fund.


The Letters of Charles Dickens, Pilgrim Edition, Volume Two, 1840-1841, p. 337-338.

Call Number: DL C317 1841-07-21
Creator Name: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 - Author

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