In excellent condition and with Bonhams Provenance. Any questions please ask, I’m happy to help. “, but regretting he can not accept the offer he proposes as he is fully occupied “… With as much work as I can cope with… The consciousness of a new responsibility, however slight its demands upon my time, would disturb me, and I must leave the discharge of this office to other hands… “, marked “Private, Gad’s Hill Place, Higham by Rochester, 21 November 1860. At the time he received this letter Peter Bayne, a Scottish journalist and author, had just been appointed editor of The Dial, a new weekly newspaper planned for London, so it is likely that he had approached Dickens to become a contributor. The venture was not to be a success:’Bayne not only struggled heroically to save the situation by editorial ability, but lost all his own property in the venture, and burdened himself with debts that crippled him for many years’ (ODNB). Dickens could rightly claim pressure of work as an excuse not to take on any more commitments. Since the autumn of 1860 he had been in the throes of writing Great Expectations, the first number appearing in All the Year Round on 1 December 1860. The weekly serial continued until August 1861 and was published in three volumes the following October. Earlier in the month he had undertaken a trip to Devon and Cornwall with Wilkie Collins, the result of which was the jointly-written short story set in Clovelly, A Message from the Sea, for the 1860 Christmas issue. The item “Charles Dickens (1812-1870) Handwritten Letter Gads Hill 1860 Bonhams Provenance” is in sale since Sunday, October 3, 2021. This item is in the category “Collectables\Autographs\Certified Original Autographs\Historical”. The seller is “jobr_304″ and is located in Newent. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Type: Historical
- Surname Initial: D
- Signed: Yes
- Object: Letter
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom
- Certification: Certified: Private Signings