DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870). Ten autograph letters signed (one with initials) to Samuel Lover, 'Office of All the Year Round', Gads Hill, and Devon (one), 5 June 1862 - 30 October 1867, approximately 11 pages, 8vo, blanks, tipped on to card, in an album, early 20th-century turquoise polished calf gilt by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, the upper cover lettered in gilt, gilt fillets, spine in six compartments, lettered in two, roll-tooled gilt turn-ins, gilt edges.
A series of letters mostly prompted by Lover's submission of work for publication in All the Year Round, in the first replying to a compliment, 'I am the man whose superintendence [of the weekly] you praise. I am proud to have your praise', and answering a question about rates of pay, 'it is never less for Prose than a guinea a page'. While generally rejecting Lover's offerings apart from a disillusioned love poem, Dickens mentions other topics including a General Meeting [of the Garrick Club] and the resignation of members 'in a huff' over the election of 'new men'; and his life in Kent, 'Like you I live a country-mouse life and in the same county too. My little place on the top of Falstaff's Gad's Hill is almost as well known on that side of Kent as Falstaff'. By 1867 he is perhaps concealing his presence in London from Lover by writing ('Thanks...and goodbye for the present') on paper with the Gads Hill heading, when he was in fact in London.
Dickens founded his weekly journal, All the Year Round, in 1859. Samuel Lover (1797-1868), the prolific Irish-born novelist and song-writer, scored a notable success in the 1840s when he composed two libretti for Balfe. He finally retired from composition through ill health shortly before the conclusion of the present correspondence.