Item No: cdc343601
Title: ALs to George Thomson
48 Doughty Street Mecklenburgh Square.
Monday May 8th. 1837.
My Dear Sir,
It is my painful and melancholy duty to inform you, that poor Mary has died here at three oClock yesterday afternoon. She had been with us to the Theatre the evening before; was taken suddenly ill in the night; and breathed her last in my arms at the time I have mentioned. She lies here, and Mrs. Hogarth who was present at her death has ever since remained insensible in this house.
We lost no time in procuring medical assistance, or in applying every remedy that skill and anxiety could suggest. The dear girl however sank beneath the attack. The medical men are of opinion that her heart had been diseased for a great length of time. Her general state of health, and above all the awful suddenness of her death induce me to think that they are right.
You cannot conceive the misery in which this dreadful event has plunged us. Since our marriage she has been the grace and life of our home--the admired of all, for her beauty and excellence--I could have better spared a much nearer relation or an older friend, for she has been to us what we can never replace, and has left a blank which no one who ever know (sic) her can have the faintest hope of seeing supplied.
Believe me My Dear Sir
Affectionately and Truly Yours
George Thomson Esqre. CHARLES DICKENS
Monday May 8th 1837
Rare Book Department
On mourning stationary.
Record created by BZ.
Thomson, Mr. (George), 1757-1851
Bequest of William M.Elkins, 8/5/47.
The Letters of Charles Dickens, Pilgrim Edition, Volume One, 1820-1839, p. 256-257.
Creation Place Note:48 Doughty Street Mecklenburgh Square
DL T383 1837-05-08
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 - Author