AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED. Reform Club, Pall Mall. April 4th, 1843. Dickens, Thomas . Harley D'Oyly Jr., John Pritt - Recipient. - Subject, b. 1821, 1786 - 1858, Charles. 1812 - 1870 Dickens.

AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED. Reform Club, Pall Mall. April 4th, 1843.

1843. Single sheet of light grey stationery, folded once vertically to form 4 pages, 24 lines, ~ 85 words. 7-1/8" x 4-3/8". Self-wrappers. Some age-toning. Writing clear & sharp. Very Good. Item #42903

D'Oyly writes Harley, who was fairly close to Dickens at the time & for whom Dickens wrote The Strange Gentleman, asking for an introduction to the rising star of the British literary world... "if you would be so kind as to give me a letter of introduction to Mr. Charles Dickens (Boz) that is to say provided you can so so without impropriety [inserted above] trouble, for I have long wished to know him both from reading his inimitable works & also what I have heard of him personally."

Evidently Harley did so, for Dickens writes Harley on 6 April, "Thank you very for consulting me in the matter of our friend's* note. [*unidentified by Pilgrim letters editors] He must be a rum customer, I take it, for he had written me before, forwarding a book of Poems (?) of his writing: the which I graciously acknowledged. Therefore I should thought he needed no other Introduction. Whatever you desire to do in the matter - do - and be assured it will please me." [Pilgrim Letters, v. 3, p. 468].

Apparently the two did not meet, at least in the early 1840s, for according to Dickens' Letters, 1840 - 1846, there is no correspondence with D'Oyly.

Price: $175.00