Letter about a performance of The Chimes from Charles Dickens to his wife Catherine, 28 December 1854


Dating from 1854, this letter from Charles Dickens to his wife Catherine reveals how popular his public reading tours were becoming. He writes that he is about to read The Chimes to an expected 3,700 people, in an 'enormous hall' in Bradford, Yorkshire.



Bradford, Yorkshire

Thursday Twenty Eighth December 1854

Dearest Catherine.

We arrived here pleasantly enough, though we were nearly an hour behind time and the journey was cold.  As we came northward, it snowed.  a little snow is lying here now.  It is a dark dingy place; but we are established in the landlady's little drawing room at the [illegible]. [Hotel?], and it is a bright neat little room.  I have a comfortable small bedroom adjoining, except that it looks into what I thought yesterday afternoon was an old rabbit hutch, but which I suspect this morning to be a back street.

The Hall is enormous.  They expect to seat tonight, 3,700 people!  I do not however, think it at all a different place.  It's lighted along the upper cornice, like the Philharmonic rooms at Liverpool, and must be very fine when full.  Going to look at it last night, I found arrangements made for seating

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Letter about a performance of The Chimes from Charles Dickens to his wife Catherine
28 December 1854, Bradford, Yorkshire
Manuscript / Letter / Ephemera
Charles Dickens
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