our note about the Golden Mary gave me great pleasure; though I don't believe in one part of it; for I honestly believe that your story, as really belonging to the rest of the narrative, had been generally separated from the other stories, and greatly liked. I had not that particular shipwreck that you mention in my mind (indeed I doubt if I know it), and John Steadiman merely came into my head as a staunch sort of name that suited the character. The number has done "Household Words" great service, and has decidedly told upon its circulation.
You should have come to the play. I much doubt if anything so complete will ever be seen again. An incredible amount of pains and ingenuity was expended on it, and the result was most remarkable even to me.
When are you going to send something more to H. W.? Are you lazy?? Low-spirited??? Pining for Paris????
[Sidenote: Mr. C. W. Dilke.]
OFFICE OF "HOUSEHOLD WORDS," Thursday, March 19th, 1857.