Item No: cdc274601
Title: ALs to Laman Blanchard
January Twenty Nine 1844.
My Dear Blanchard
It was a joke of Forster’s. He wanted me to play it off upon you, but I hadn’t the heart.
When I went down to my Solicitor’s, the first thing said, was, ‘Who do you think has made an affidavit?’ – ‘God knows. Bunn?’ – ‘Your friend Mr. Blanchard’ – ‘D__d nonsense’ – ‘Oh but he has. And there an’t two Laman Blanchards, for I went down to Serjeant Talfourd’s directly, and his clerk says there’s only one, and it’s your friend’.!!!
But you can’t see the cream of the thing, without seeing the affidavit itself. Oh my stars!
I am in for it now; and I dare say (through the villainy of the Law, which after declaring me robbed, obliges me to bring an action against men from whom it demands no security for the expenses to which I shall be put) am in a fair way to lose Three Hundred Pounds or so. Never mind. I declare War against the Black Flag; and down it shall come, if strong and constant hauling will do it.
Here is the little book my dear Blanchard, which pray put upon your shelves for the love of Yours always
Laman Blanchard Esquire
Monday Morning January Twenty Nine 1844
Rare Book Department
Blanchard, Laman, 1804-1845
Gift of Mrs. D. Jacques Benoliel, 12/56.
Volume 4, pp. 34-35, The Letters of Charles Dickens, edited by Madeline House & Graham Storey ; associate editors, W.J. Carlton … [et al.].
Creation Place Note:Devonshire Terrace
DL B592 1844-01-29
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 - Author