Item No: cdc320601
Title: ALs to Mrs. Bryan Waller Proctor
Monday Twenty Second January
My Dear Mrs. Procter
Your kind note coming in, met, or might have met, a man in spectacles going out. And to the man in spectacles, the unhappy writer hereof has said "Dine with me on Sunday next at 6." - to which the man in spectacles said he would bring his sister. For which, may my curse - a father's curse -!
At this crisis the five children are borne in. They twine themselves about my legs; the nurse seizes my outstretched arm; I relax - look upon my offspring - become penitent - burst into tear. At the same moment the man with the spectacles, happening to come back for his gloves (which he left behind him) looks in at the cottage window. He raises his arm and eyes, as invoking a blessing upon the family. I am heard to sob "My Love to Procter", and the Curtain comes down very slowly.
Faithfully Yours always
Monday Twenty Second January I 1844.
Rare Book Department
Procter, Anne, 1799-1888
Benoliel, Mrs. D. Jacques 11/57
The Letters of Charles Dickens, Pilgrim Edition, Volume Four, 1844-1846, p. 27.
Creation Place Note:Devonshire Terrace
DL P942 1844-01-22
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 - Author