ALs to James Griffin

Charles Dickens
ALs to James Griffin

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Item No: cdc295001
Title: ALs to James Griffin
Accession Number: 87-322
Physical Description: [2] pages

 Office of All the Year Round

Wednesday Twenty Eighth December 1859

My Dear Griffin

I have looked over your Manuscript with a great desire to accept it, if possible, but I am truly sorry to say that I cannot make any use of it in these pages. Of the public people mentioned in it, I think the public already know as many anecdotes as they care to know; and I have never observed them to be much interested in the Side-Scenes of newspaper business.

It is with great reluctrance that I decline it; but I feel so sure of its not suiting this Journal, that I have no alternative.

Accept my thaks for your offer, and my good wishes for your success elsewhere in the reversal of that Eastern process. They are not leaves of paper--by the way--that the Enchanter dealt with, but leaves of trees.

Years ago, I had a similar Manuscript offered for Household Words by Dwyer. Exactly the same reasons influenced me in that case as in this.

The MS is made into a parcel here, and left in the publishing office adressed in your name. But it shall be returned by Parcels' Delivery, if you approve of that course.

        Faithfully Yours

        Charles DIckens

James Griffin Esquire

MssDate: Wednesday Twenty Eighth December 1859
Media Type: Letters
Source: Rare Book Department
Recipient: Griffin, James
Provenance: Hamilton 1959


The British Academy Pilgrim Edition: The Letters of Charles Dickens, Volume Nine, 1859-1861. Graham Storey, ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997, p. 184.

Country: Creation Place Note:No. 11 Wellington Street North
City/Town/Township:Strand, London. W.C.

Creation Year: 1859
Call Number: DL G875 1859-12-28
Creator Name: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 - Author

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