DICKENS, Charles. 18995



Autograph Letter Signed ‘Charles Dickens’, to Major Lake, explaining the difficulties attending arranging a meeting, not being sure when “my Scotch friend departs for Edinburgh”, and needing to stay close to theatres and other public places “within call – like a Surgeon”, trusting instead “to our better fortune – Autumn – and India!” 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, in superb condition, with the original envelope (stamp removed) also signed ‘Charles Dickens’, addressed to Major Lake, 9 Charles Street, St. James’s. Tavistock House, 24 April 1853. Charles Dickens (1812-1870), author. The editors of the Dickens Collected Correspondence suggest that the recipient might have been Major Edward John Lake (1823-1877) of the Bengal Engineers, a supposition vindicated by Dickens’s reference to India in the above. His ‘Scotch’ guest was John Gordon, a radical Scottish lawyer, who was known to have been in London at that time. This letter was written during the serial publication of Bleak House, the April issue (Part XIV) comprising chapters 43 to 46.