ALs to Jonathan Chapman

Charles Dickens
ALs to Jonathan Chapman

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Item No: cdc197101
Title: ALs to Jonathan Chapman
Accession Number: 82-1457
Physical Description: [3] pages

                                                                                        Carlton House, New York I Second June 1842.
My Dear Friend,
    I am going up the Hudson, for rest; and shall not return here until Monday. Though I have but a minute to spare, I cannot choose but answer your affectionate and warmly-welcomed letter.
    I did receive that other communication from you, of which you speak. I am not ashamed to own it, although I have not written. I answered a great many other letters. They were mere things of course. But I always laid yours aside, and said, "This is quite another matter. I won't write him a traveller's hurried, common-place note. I will wait" - Well! You know what waiting comes to, under such circumstances as these?
    Besides, I have always said to my wife, "He'll come over to New York. I feel confident that he will dine with us, on Monday The Sixth." - When your letter was brought in, I plumed myself very much (before opening it) on being so accurate. And I do assure you that for a moment I was quite sorry and disappointed. But to connect any such feelings with such a letter, long, was out of the question; so I brightened up again, very soon, and am now quite radiant.
    The ocean can no more divide you and me, than darkness can shut out Heaven from a blind man. Were it twenty times as broad as it is, we could send a warm pressure of the hand, across it. And I feel, besides, an inexpressible confidence that, on one side of it, or the other, we shall meet again.
    God bless you, my dear fellow. In the happiness of Home, I shall only remember you the more earnestly, heartily, and affectionately. I don't know how extravagantly I shall feel, or what extravagant things I shall do, in the joy of heart with which I shall  first stand among my household Deities again. But I will tell you all about it, from the midst of them, with God's leave.
    - I write God bless you, once more, as if that were a satisfaction. Who that has ever reflected on the enormous and vast amount of leave-taking there is in this Life, can ever have doubted the existence of another!
    I have more than half a mind to write those three words of farewell, again. - But let this go without, for you know that it comes from Yours with all his heart.
                                                                                               Charles Dickens
The Honorable Jonathan Chapman

I cannont tell you how often I feel grieved at our not having dined together, alone, on that day when we went to South Boston. And now, it really weighs upon me, quite heavily.

MssDate: Second June 1842
Media Type: Letters
Source: Rare Book Department
Recipient: Chapman, Jonathan, 1807-1848
Provenance: Sotheby, Suzannet sale, lot 226, via Maggs 11/23/7 , Matlack


The Letters of Charles Dickens, Pilgrim Edition, Volume Three, 1842-1843, p. 248.

Country: Creation Place Note:Carlton House
Country:United States of America
City/Town/Township:New York City

Call Number: DL C366j 1842-06-02
Creator Name: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 - Author

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