English author of A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist.
“MARCH ON AND FIGHT IT OUT.”
Autograph Letter Signed, one page, octavo, Adephia Hotel, Liverpool, October 15, 1868. On imprinted stationery, Gad’s Hill Place, Higham by Rochester, Kent. To “My Dear Muspratt.”
“I hope your remarkable discovery will be duly and particularly grateful, by setting you up in good health again speedily. It is indeed a sad experience to find how comrades fall, as the Life-Fight progresses. There is nothing for it but to close up the ranks, march on and fight it out. Pray give my kind regards to Miss Cushman when you see her. I have not had that pleasure for ages.”
Dickens writes while travelling throughout England on a public reading tour. Written to Dickens’ old friend James Sheridan Muspratt who [in 1841] founded the Liverpool College of Chemistry, which was modeled on the innovative Royal College of Chemistry in London. Muspratt traveled to America to study the then burgeoning chemical industry. A prolific author, he is chiefly remembered for his two-volume magnum opus, Chemistry: Theoretical, Practical and Analytical; as Applied and Relating to the arts and Manufactures (1857-60), the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of its day.
“Miss Cushman” is likely the well-known actress Charlotte Cushman who played the prostitute in Dickens’ Oliver Twist in 1837. She was the older sister of Musprattís wife, Susan Cushman, also an actress.
Framed (with blue inner and outer mats, with a photograph, in a silver tone frame) dimensions: 15 3/4 inches wide by 13 5/8 inches high.
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- Literature – English/Irish