Ninth October 1849
My Dear Lord Robertson,
I have been in the Isle of Wight all the Summer, and have received your letter here on my way homeward. I purpose proceeding to my Ancestral Halls (No 1 Devonshire Terrace) in a week or ten days.
I infer from your welcome note that a book is awaiting me in the aforementioned halls. Wherefore, I content myself with saying, now, that I feel sincerely pleased to live in your remembrance as a "selected victim"; and that as soon as I get home, and have read it, I shall send you a sort of sacrificial chaunt, in that capacity.
In the meanwhile accept all cordial greetings from me and mine--not without a hope from me that I may run down to Edinburgh before long.
I am told that Willie Allen is perpetually relating those same stories without any voice; but that at a certain blink of his eye, people know he is telling about "Dochter Henry"--and that at a certain other blink of his eye, they know he is on the subject of that Pig who was found upon a water closet in Belgium--and laugh accordingly, and don't miss anything.
Ever Faithfully Yours
Lord Robertson CHARLES DICKENS
Ninth October 1849 Tuesday Night
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Robertson, Patrick Robertson, Lord, 1794-1855
Jan Richards, 78, Gratz Fund.
The Letters of Charles Dickens, Pilgrim Edition, Volume Five, 1847-1849, p. 625.
DL R548 1849-10-09
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 - Author