DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870). Novelist.
Attractive Autograph Letter Signed to Miss [Marion] Ely, 1 page 4to with address-leaf, Piazza Coffee House [Covent Garden], 2 December 1844. An elegant acceptance to dine at Russell Square. The autograph address-leaf bears a further signature of Dickens and a red wax seal.
The recipient was the niece of Rachel, the wife of Dickens's great friend Thomas Noon Talfourd, dedicatee of Pickwick. His lothario friend, the artist Daniel Maclise, was at one time devoted to her.
'The sight of your familiar and graceful hand did me scarcely less good last night, than the sight of your something more than graceful face had done me in the morning. ...'A slight brown mark in the middle looks suspiciously like a coffee stain.
Apparently unpublished, not in The Letters of Charles Dickens, Pilgrim Edition.