To Francis Fuller, 21 January 1870

Period: 
1861-1870

To FRANCIS FULLER,1 21 JANUARY 1870

Text from digitized reproduction in R & R Enterprises online catalogue, November 2005.

5 Hyde Park Place W2 | Friday Twenty First January 1870.

Dear Sir

I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your letter and its accompanying papers. (a) It is unnecessary for me to express my cordial concurrence in the principle of raising the character of the people by raising the character of their amusements; always supposing that no endeavour towards that end either patronizes them, or otherwise treats them as children.(a) But I have very strong doubts indeed of the success of the business details of the scheme3 which you so clearly explain. And it appears to me that the calculations and assumptions on which it proceeds are excessively sanguine. Therefore I regret that I cannot express my confidence in the enterprise.

Francis Fuller Esquire.  

Faithfully Yours

 CHARLES DICKENS

  • 1. Francis Fuller (1807-87), surveyor to the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway; Managing Director, Crystal Palace Co., 1852.
  • 2. Written on Gad’s Hill notepaper,
  • 3. Presumably as formally set out by Fuller and others in Plan for Opening and Developing the Alexandra Park and Palace...for the Benefit of the Public, 1870. As Hon. Secretary to the Mansion House Committee for preserving the Alexandra Park, Fuller issued a report, 1873. CD’s doubts about the venture were borne out. For the fortunes, financial and architectural, of Palace and Park, see Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, London 4: North (The Buildings of England), (New Haven and London, 2002), pp. 580-83.