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Letter from Charles Dickens regarding accident on the Great Western Railway
Letter from Charles Dickens regarding the accident on the GWR
Letter from Charles Dickens regarding the accident on the GWR near Hanwell Station in December 1869.
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Date
1870
Description
Letter, Charles Dickens to Mr Kingett, Superintendent of the Parcels Department, regarding an accident around Christmas 1869. Letter and envelope mounted on cardboard with original object label from Museum of British Transport at Clapham
In the Christmas week of 1869, a horsebox laden with parcels from the Hereford district caught fire near Hanwell Station. The parcels were destroyed and the owners compensated. Mr Kingett wrote to the senders, one of whom was Charles Dickens, explaining the circumstances and apologising. Dickens replied that he understood that the accident was "unavoidable" and that he "took the loss with unbroken good humour towards the Great Western Railway Company."\n\nDickens signed the letter with his customary flourish, and the envelope bears his stamp.
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co8647080
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Image and original data from Science Museum Group
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