ALs to Thomas Longman

Charles Dickens
ALs to Thomas Longman

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Item No: cdc306001
Title: ALs to Thomas Longman
Accession Number: 87-430
Physical Description: [2] pages

Tavistock House

Tavistock Square, London. W. C.

Monday Twenty Eighth November, 1859

My Dear Longman.

I am very anxious to present to you, with the earnest hope that you will hold him in your remembrance, young Mr. Marcus Stone, son of poor Frank Stone who died suddenly, but a little week ago.

You know I dare say, what a start this young man made in the last Exhibition, and what a favorable notice his picture attracted. He wishes to make an additional opening for himself in the illustration of books. He is an admirable draughtsman--has a most dexterous hand--a charming sense of grace and beauty--and a capital power of observation. These qualities in him I know well, of my own knowledge. He is in all things modest, punctual, and right; and I would answer for him, if it were needful, with my head.

If you will put any thing in his way, you will do it a second time, I am certain.

Faithfully Yours always

Charles Dickens

Thomas Longman Esquire.


MssDate: Monday Twenty Eighth November, 1859
Media Type: Letters
Source: Rare Book Department

Thomas Longman (1804-79) was the publisher and head of Longmans from 1842.

Marcus Stone exhibited Silent Pleading, which had been discussed in the Art Journal.

There is no evidence that Longmans employed Stone.

(Pilgrim vol. 9, pp. 170-71).

Recipient: Longman, Thomas, 1804-1879
Provenance: Sawyer, via Sessler 4/55


The British Academy Pilgrim Edition: The Letters of Charles Dickens, Volume Nine, 1859-1861. Graham Storey, ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997, p. 170.

Country: Creation Place Note:Tavistock House
City/Town/Township:Tavistock Square, London, W.C.

Creation Year: 1859
Call Number: DL L863t 1859-11-28
Creator Name: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 - Author

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