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A fascinating piece of 19th century Americana is this handwritten letter from the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. The British author has fascinated generations with his timeless characters, most memorable is perhaps Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Written in black fountain pen it reads, “Dear [Mr.] Townshend, I regret that I cannot have the pleasure of dining with Lady Townshend and Townshend on the seventeenth, as I have family visitors here. Your kind note reached me as of today in consequence of my having been on a ramble. Let me assure you that your remembrance was very welcome… Faithfully Yours, Charles Dickens. The Marquis Townshend.” Letter is dated at the top, “Fifteenth July, 1866.” Written on “Gad’s Hill Place Higham by Rochester, Kent.” letterhead. Gad’s Hill Place was the house in Rochester that Dickens always admired as a youth. He eventually acquired the house for himself in 1856. Letter measures 4.5x7” and sits in gold frame which measures 8x12”. Letter itself is Excellent, ink is turned to a brown color, but still quite bold and legible. Signature grades a “7.5” out of a possible 10.
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