ALs to William Bradbury

Charles Dickens
ALs to William Bradbury

Item Info

Item No: cdc277401
Title: ALs to William Bradbury
Accession Number: 87-0153
Physical Description: [3] pages and envelope.

                        Villa du Camp de droite, Boulogne
                                  Saturday Ninth September 1854
My Dear Bradbury.
You can scarcely imagine how sorry I am, and how distressed we all are, that you are so prevented from coming here.  The absence of your face, familiar on all such occasions through so many years, will make a blank in my heart, twenty times as large as the circle round the table.  As to Mrs. Dickens, she was presiding over the arrangement of your bedroom when your unexpected letter arrived;  and at that very minute, an easy bedside chair was on its way up from the town, bespoke some days ago for the greater comfort of "Beau B."
But as you are, thank God, so much better--and as you mean to be twenty times better yet, after this illness, than you were before it; which I foresee is your intention--I am resolved to look only at the bright side of the case.  Therefore I congratulate you heartily, my friend, on your energetic recovery (which is worthy of Whitefriers), and include your good wife in the sentiment, and fully expect to hear of you at the top of Snowdon or some other mountain in about ten days time.  In all remembrances and good wishes, Mrs. Dickens and Miss Hogarth, and Wills and his wife (dreadfully fond of one another), most cordially unite.  You will not be forgotten in a bumper on Tuesday, and we will give it all the honors possible--and impossible. 
                                                                   My Dear Bradbury
                                                                              always Very faithfully Yours
W. Bradbury Esquire                                                  Charles Dickens
P.S. I observe that Mrs. Wills has been, for the last three days, getting up an entirely new bonnet of a blazing and destructive quality.  I don't expect to see her come out in it now.

MssDate: Saturday Ninth September 1854
Media Type: Letters
Source: Rare Book Department

Record created by BZ.

Recipient: Bradbury, William, 1800-1869
Provenance: Gift of Mrs. D. Jacques Benoliel, 12/56.


The Letters of Charles Dickens, Pilgrim Edition, Volume Seven, p. 411.

Country: Country:France
Creation Place Note:Villa du Camp de droite,

Call Number: DL B726w 1854-09-09
Creator Name: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 - Author