* DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870). Autograph letter signed ("Charles Dickens"), to John Hollingshead. Gad's Hill, 4 October 1857.
1 page, 8vo, pale mat stain at edges, some minor ink transfer. Regarding his submission for Household Words, Dickens writes: "I don't think there is enough in this paper to separate it from some other similar narratives (more or less) that have appeared in Household Words. Twenty shillings in the pound I with pleasure return for insertion…"
The journalist John Hollingshead (1827-1904) continued to submit pieces to Dickens and would eventually become a major contributor to Household Words, and later turned theatrical manager in 1865. "In 1857 he sent to 'Household Words,' then edited by Charles Dickens, a sketch of city life, called 'Poor Tom, a City Weed.' The article pleased the editor, whose sentiment and style Hollingshead emulated, and he joined the staff. He was a voluminous contributor of graphic articles, chiefly descriptive of current incident and of out-of-the-way scenes of London life" (DNB).
Estimate $ 1,000-2,000
Provenance: Sold Anderson Galleries, 1934, Sale 4090, lot 236.
Property from the Robert L. McKay Collection, North Tustin, California