DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870). Novelist.
Fine Autograph Letter Signed to John Hardwick, 2 pages 8vo (separate leaves, trace of mounting on reverse only) with original signed envelope, Tavistock House, 8 February 1855. Regarding Susan Mayne, whose case had been taken up by Hardwick when she had been apprehended and brought before his court. Hardwick had recommended her to the Home for Homeless Women supported by Angela Burdett Coutts.
'... Our ladies have great apprehensions that Susan Mayne is in the family way. On the other hand, our usual medical attendant at the Home is rather of the contrary opinion. A fortnight or so will probably decide the question; but if she should be in this state, it will be necessary for her to be taken away as soon as the fact is ascertained. In that case, I shall be obliged (most reluctantly) to turn her upon your hands again. ...'John Hardwick (1791-1874), brother of the architect Philip Hardwick, was the stipendiary magistrate at Great Marlborugh Street.
See The Letters of Charles Dickens, Pilgrim Edition, vol. 7 page 527.
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