ALs to Fanny Kelly

Charles Dickens
ALs to Fanny Kelly

Item Info

Item No: cdc302301
Title: ALs to Fanny Kelly
Accession Number: 87-394
Physical Description: [2] pages + envelope
Material: paper

      Tavistock House
                   Saturday Twenty Eighth May 1853.
Dear Miss Kelly.
      On the question of your own acting, as you make it a matter of feeling  I can say nothing. On the question of now abandoning Free and Easy, I can only say that if —knowing it— to be Charles Matthews’s suggestion; having seen how Harley was gradually got to play a particular part in it; and having the other day sat by, and seen actors and managers written to, concerning other particular parts in it—you don’t think it unreasonable , nothing I can say could make it appear so.
                                             Faithfully Yours always
Miss Kelly.

MssDate: Saturday Twenty Eighth May 1853
Media Type: Letters
Source: Rare Book Department

"Free and Easy", a musical farce by Samuel Arnold, music by John Addison: first performed at the Lyceum 1816, where Miss Kelly played Gertrude. "Matthews" misspelt by CD. Harley played Michael, the comic servant, in the 1841 revival.

Recipient: Kelly, Frances Maria, 1790-1882
Provenance: Sawyer via Sessler 4/1955, Matlack Fund.


Volume 7, p. 93, The Letters of Charles Dickens, edited by Madeline House & Graham Storey; associate editors, W.J. Carlton…[et al.].

Country: Country:England
Creation Place Note:Tavistock House

Call Number: DL K296 1853-05-28
Creator Name: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 - Author

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