Item No: cdc303001
Title: ALs to Charles Kent
Great Western Hotel
Friday Nineteenth February 18
My Dear Kent
I am training and trying hard here, to get off to Scotland tomorrow. Constrained position makes it difficult to write.
I tell you, between ourselves, why I cannot write to Delane. His mother lying dead in his house, I could not write the other day about putting in the Times a paragraph I did for A.Y.R. about his, and my, old friend Macready—who had his heart on my getting that done for him. But I wrote to Mowbray who had set his heart on my getting that done for him. But I wrote to Mowbray Morris instead. The Paragraph not being put in, and no notice whatever being taken of my private note, you see that I cannot write again without making some reference note to this misadventure, which I would rather not do.
My foot is better, though it is not well. I had known for some days that the inflammation was coming on; but is impossible to guard against it when that amount of standing in a hot place has to be encountered for months together.
Friday Nineteenth February 1869
Rare Book Department
Delane's mother is Mary Anne White, who died on 6 February 1869 at aged 74, at her son's home, Ascot Heath, Staines.
Kent, Charles, 1823-1902
Sessler, 11/1957, Gratz Fund.
Volume 12, pp. 294-295, The Letters of Charles Dickens, edited by Madeline House & Graham Storey; associate editors, W.J. Carlton…[et al.]
Creation Place Note:Great Western Hotel
DL K419 1869-02-19
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 - Author