Charles Dickens

Madeline House and Graham Storey (eds), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 1: 1820–1839

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To JOHN MACRONE, [18 NOVEMBER 1835]

MS Huntington Library. Date: Macrone's first child, Frederick Joseph Bordwine, b. 20 Oct 35, died on Mon 16 Nov.

Furnivals Inn | Wednesday Morning

My dear Sir.

I am much grieved to hear of your sudden bereavement. If consolation can be offered to a father under such circumstances however, it may afford you some relief to reflect that you lost your poor little boy at an age when death is an easy transit to a better World; and before years of solicitude and anxiety, and the recollection of the thousand holds upon your affection created in that time would have rendered the shock far harder to bear, and infinitely more difficult to forget. I hope Mrs. Macrone1 is doing as well as even you could wish, under circumstances so trying to a young mother's feelings.

Will you have the kindness to leave out for me (and I will send for it about 7 O'Clock this evening) the bound volume of Monthly Magazines?—Cruikshank wishes to see it: I had a long interview with him yesterday morning, the result of which I will communicate to you when you are again enabled to attend to business. He only waits now to see you; and pledges himself, that as far as he is concerned, the book shall be out by Christmas without fail.2

  •                                        Believe me
  •                                             My Dear Sir
  •                                                   Most Sincerely Yours
  • John Macrone Esqre.                                  Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
1 Eliza Adeline (b. 1810), daughter of James Bordwine, an American, Professor of Fortification, East India Company's College, Addiscombe, Surrey. She had married Macrone in Jan 35 and they had in all three children. Macrone's death on 9 Sep 37 left her destitute. The Pic Nic Papers, 1841, edited by CD, raised £450 for her.
Editor’s Note
2 Sketches, First Series, was in fact published on 8 Feb 36 (To Macrone, 6 and 7 Feb 36).
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