Item No: cdc302301
Title: ALs to Fanny Kelly
 pages + envelope
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
Saturday Twenty Eighth May 1853
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.
Kelly, Frances Maria, 1790-1882
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.].
Creation Place Note:Tavistock House
DL K296 1853-05-28
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 - Author