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DICKENS, CHARLES Autograph letter signed to Samuel Laman Blanchard, dated Fourth January 1844 from
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DICKENS, CHARLES Autograph letter signed to Samuel Laman Blanchard, dated Fourth January 1844 from [1] Devonshire Terrace.
7 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches (18.5 x 11.5 cm); 2 pp. in black ink on folded notepaper, thanking Blanchard warmly for his laudatory review of The Christmas Carol. Usual mailing folds, minor soiling.

Samuel Laman Blanchard, a well-liked literary figure, had a cordial friendship with Dickens (and others of his circle such as Serjeant [Thomas Noon] Talfourd). In this letter, Dickens writes "I cannot thank you enough for the beautiful manner and the true spirit of friendship in which you have noticed my Carol. But I must thank you, because you have filled my heart up to the brim and it is running over. You meant to give me great pleasure, my dear fellow, and you have done it. The tone of your elegant and fervent praise has touched me in the tenderest places. I cannot write about it; and as to talking about it I could no more do that than a dumb man..." and more in the same vein.
Blanchard's article "Charles Dickens" (far more of an encomium of Dickens than a mere review of the book) had appeared in Ainsworth's Magazine [Volume 5, p. 84 et seq] for January 1844, where he had written of The Christmas Carol that it was "illustrative of its [Christmas's] true spirit, descriptive of its glowing features, and helping to bring closer together hundreds of readers--all shaking with laughter and some sprinkling a few tears over their ripe pleasure--in enjoyment of a common sentiment." He correctly predicted that the books would be "as surely heard and remembered a hundred Christmases to come. And may the wise and merry author of it live to see that we are not false prophets." Sad to tell, Blanchard himself would not live for very much longer. After the death of his wife in December of the year of this letter, he fell into a depression and killed himself early in 1845.
Letters by Dickens touching on his Christmas Carol from the period of publication are of the utmost rarity in commerce.

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DICKENS, CHARLES Autograph letter signed to Samuel Laman Blanchard, dated Fourth January 1844 from

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DICKENS, CHARLES Autograph letter signed to Samuel Laman Blanchard, dated Fourth January 1844 from [1] Devonshire Terrace.
7 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches (18.5 x 11.5 cm); 2 pp. in black ink on folded notepaper, thanking Blanchard warmly for his laudatory review of The Christmas Carol. Usual mailing folds, minor soiling.

Samuel Laman Blanchard, a well-liked literary figure, had a cordial friendship with Dickens (and others of his circle such as Serjeant [Thomas Noon] Talfourd). In this letter, Dickens writes "I cannot thank you enough for the beautiful manner and the true spirit of friendship in which you have noticed my Carol. But I must thank you, because you have filled my heart up to the brim and it is running over. You meant to give me great pleasure, my dear fellow, and you have done it. The tone of your elegant and fervent praise has touched me in the tenderest places. I cannot write about it; and as to talking about it I could no more do that than a dumb man..." and more in the same vein.
Blanchard's article "Charles Dickens" (far more of an encomium of Dickens than a mere review of the book) had appeared in Ainsworth's Magazine [Volume 5, p. 84 et seq] for January 1844, where he had written of The Christmas Carol that it was "illustrative of its [Christmas's] true spirit, descriptive of its glowing features, and helping to bring closer together hundreds of readers--all shaking with laughter and some sprinkling a few tears over their ripe pleasure--in enjoyment of a common sentiment." He correctly predicted that the books would be "as surely heard and remembered a hundred Christmases to come. And may the wise and merry author of it live to see that we are not false prophets." Sad to tell, Blanchard himself would not live for very much longer. After the death of his wife in December of the year of this letter, he fell into a depression and killed himself early in 1845.
Letters by Dickens touching on his Christmas Carol from the period of publication are of the utmost rarity in commerce.

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Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact and Doyle New York shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. Please contact the specialist department to request further information or additional images that may be available.
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