[Anthony Trollope, Victorian novelist, to Octavian Blewitt.] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. T.'), asking 'Mr Blewitt' [Octavian Blewitt] to omit a reference to the 'failure' of Charles Dickens ('privately my friend') and Lord Lytton in an article.

Author: 
Anthony Trollope (1815-1882), Victorian novelist, author of 'The Chronicles of Barsetshire' [Octavian Blewitt (1810-1884), Secretary of the Royal Literary Fund; Charles Dickens; Bulwer Lytton]
Publication details: 
25 February 1870. On letterhead of Waltham House, Waltham Cross.
£3,000.00
SKU: 22330

The letter contains an undertaking by Trollope to publish a piece by Blewitt, but the Wellesley Index has no record of a piece by Blewitt being published at this time in the St Paul's, of which Trollope was editor. The nature of the 'failure' of Dickens (who would be dead within months) and Lytton, is unclear, but it may concern the provision for impoverished authors. In the 1850s Blewitt had crossed swords with Dickens (and Charles Wentworth Dilke) over the reform of the Royal Literary Fund, and a little over a year after the present letter, in April 1871, he would publish an influential article in the Quarterly Review on the revision of the pension list. Letter: 3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Traces of glue from mount on blank reverse of second leaf. Folded twice. The letterhead, in red, features an armorial device of a running stag. Written in a hurried hand, with certain words hard to read. The letter begins: 'My dear Mr Blewitt | I have read your paper, and like it so well, (with one exception) that I will endeavour to publish it myself, or failing that will have it as I send as a [legacy?]. But I do not [?] like the two first pages. I think, considering that we have triumphed over Lytton & Dickens, that they have failed, & have owned their failure, that you are a little hard on them, - something perhaps too triumphant. The Effort was well meant, though we did not agree with them. Both Dickens and my Lord tried their best; and though it may be fair, (and I think is judicious) to mention the fact that the property is to be sold, I would do it with some little acceptance of their good intentions. Dickens is privately my friend, and of course knows that I edit the magazine. I should hardly like to put in a paper that seemed to be hard on his failure. And I should like it the less as Lord Lytton, some time since owned to me at Knebworth the failure in a very frank manner. Perhaps you could alter the two first pages. | Yours always | A. T.'