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Samuel Rogers and his Contemporaries
Charles Dickens to Samuel Rogers, 22 March 1842

Vol. I Contents
Chapter I. 1803-1805.
Chapter II. 1805-1809.
Chapter III. 1810-1812.
Chapter IV. 1813-1814.
Chapter V. 1814-1815.
Chapter VI. 1815-1816.
Chapter VII. 1816-1818.
Chapter VIII. 1818-19.
Chapter IX. 1820-1821.
Chapter X. 1822-24.
Chapter XI. 1825-1827.
Vol. II Contents
Chapter I. 1828-1830.
Chapter II. 1831-34.
Chapter III. 1834-1837.
Chapter IV. 1838-41.
Chapter V. 1842-44.
Chapter VI. 1845-46.
Chapter VII. 1847-50.
Chapter VIII. 1850
Chapter IX. 1851.
Chapter X. 1852-55.
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‘Baltimore, United States: Twenty-second March, 1842.

‘My dear Mr. Rogers,—I know you will be glad to hear, under my own hand, that we are both well, though very anxious to get back to dear old home, our friends, and darling children. I am obliged to make, as perhaps you have heard, a kind of Public Progress through this country; and have been so oppressed with Festivals given in my honor, that I have found it necessary to notify my disinclination to accept any more, or I should rather say, my determination not to lead such a trying life. I have made one departure from this rule, and that is in the case of a body of readers in the Far West, at a town called St. Louis, on the confines of the Indian Territory. I am going there to dinner (it is
only two thousand miles off), and start the day after to-morrow.

‘If you ever have leisure to write a line saying that you have received this, and are well, I shall be truly delighted to hear from you. Any letter addressed to me to the care of David Colden, Esquire, 28 Laight Street, Hudson Square, New York, will be forwarded to me without delay.

‘They give me everything here but Time. If they had added that to the long catalogue of their hospitalities, I should certainly have inflicted a long letter upon you, which would have wandered into, it’s impossible to say how long a description of our travels and adventures. So you may consider yourself very fortunate.

‘I hope you are as well as ever, and as great a walker as ever, and as good a talker as ever; in short, as perfect and complete a Samuel Rogers as ever, which I don’t doubt in the least. I have made great exertions here, in behalf of an International copyright law, and almost begin to hope, from the assurance the leaders of the different parties at Washington have given me, that it may be brought about.

‘We have arranged to sail from New York for England, on the 7th of June, in the “George Washington” packet ship. We had so bad a voyage out that I have eschewed ocean steamers for ever.

‘The peace and quiet of Broadstairs never seemed so great as now. I could hug Miss Collins the Bather, as though she were a very Venus. Believe me, here and everywhere,

‘Faithfully your friend,
Charles Dickens.’