Text: Charles Dickens to Edgar Allan Poe — March 6, 1842


United States Hotel, March 6, 1842.

My Dear Sir, — I shall be very glad to see you whenever you will do me the favor to call. I think I am more likely to be in the way between half-past eleven and twelve, than at any other time. I have glanced over the books you have been so kind as to send me, and more particularly at the papers to which you called my attention. I have the greater pleasure in expressing my desire to see you on this account. Apropos of the “construction” of “Caleb Williams,” do you know that Godwin wrote it backwards, — the last volume first, — and that when he had produced the hunting down of Caleb, and the catastrophe, he waited for months, casting about for a means of accounting for what he had done?

Faithfully yours always,
Charles Dickens.



Note: Poe mentions this note in his essay “The Philosophy of Composition” (Graham’s Magazine, April 1846).


[S:0 - MS, 18xx] - Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore - Misc - Letters - C. Dickens to Poe (RCL360)