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DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870). Novelist.
Autograph Letter Signed to S.L. Brooks, 2 pages 8vo with endorsement and blank leaf, Tavistock House, 23 July 1858. Introducing Arthur Smith as the business manager of his public readings, explaining that his tour would take Dickens around the British Isles, and endeavouring to wrest come concession from the railway company.
'... Those readings will take me nearly all over England Ireland and Scotland, during the months of August, September, October, and November. My present object is, to ascertain whether the liberality of your Company toward a public man, will concede me, during that time, any advantages on your line.
 'It will be necessary for me to travel - two first class, and three second or third; and my luggage may probably somewhat (not not greatly) exceed in weight what would be ordinarily allowed to such passengers. ...'
Dickens's plea evidently fell, if not on totally deaf ears, at least on those of an official who valued the niceties of his job. There is an endorsement in red ink written across the foot of the second page (and thus slightly affecting the bottom of the letter) from [Captain] M[ark] Huish, the manager of the London office of the London and North Western Railway, which reads: 'I am quite unable to see what special privileges can be granted except not being too particular about the luggage / M. Huish'.
 Arthur Smith's calling card is pinned to the blank leaf of the letter, giving his address as Pax Hill Park, but with the address of the Garrick Club (King Street - now Garrick Street) on the reverse.
 Together with the printed itinerary of Dickens's tour of the autumn of 1858, 1 page 4to, giving the towns and cities to be visited and the dates, times and places of each reading.
 See The Letters of Charles Dickens, Pilgrim Edition, Volume VIII, pages 608-609.
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