From the Butler-Stoney family - CHARLES DICKENS (1812-1870) - an autograph signed blue ink manuscript letter with envelope, dated Saturday 10th December 1864, on Office of 'All The Year Round' headed paper, to The Reverend Charles Kemble, expressing sympathy on the loss of Kemble's son Samuel Kemble who was a Midshipman aboard H.M.S. Orlando and was accidentally drowned in Tunis Bay on 3rd November 1864.   Dickens also had a son Sydney Dickens (1847-1872) who had served aboard the Orlando, he writes, and continues to say that he was so moved by the story of Samuel Kemble that he published an account of it in the weekly journal 'All The Year Round', a copy of which is included in this lot, together with a gelatin silver print photograph of the crew of H.M.S. Orlando with a manuscript two-part key with nearly all of the names of the crew including both Samuel Kemble and Sydney Dickens, also a manuscript letter addressed to The Reverend Kemble from the Admiralty informing him of the loss of his son (with envelope), three carte de visite photographs of Samuel Kemble, and two similar of H.M.S. Orlando, and a quantity of H.M.S. Britannia stationery (a lot).      Estimate £ 800 - 1,200

To be sold on Saturday 22nd January 2022