Mar 19, 2015 - Sale 2376

Sale 2376 - Lot 180

Price Realized: $ 8,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
TENDERLY REJECTING POEM OF FRIEND'S DAUGHTER DICKENS, CHARLES. Autograph Letter Signed, to Catherine Macready ("Dear Katie!"), returning her poem [not present], apologizing that he could not print it before Christmas, and suggesting that she send a different one. 1 page, 8vo, "Office of Household Words" stationery; folds. [London], 8 January 1858

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"I am extremely sorry that I did not have this poem in line for Christmas; and I hope you quite understand how it is that I feel sure it would not be just to you or to our readers, if I were to print the verses now. I, for my part, may comprehend why you desire to have them back, and how you feel that your heart, having been thus struck, ought to give out the sound of its melody before next Christmas time.
"Let me have another tune, before long, to which I can do justice.
"With a whole Leviathan-freight of loves and remembrances to all at home . . . ."