To Lord Provost of Edinburgh, 30 June 1841

Period: 
1841-1850

To THE LORD PROVOST OF EDINBURGH,1 30 JUNE 1841

MS facsimile on eBay, January 2012.

Royal Hotel | Edinburgh. | June The Thirtieth 1841.

My Lord Provost.

I beg to thank you, and the Magistrates and Council of Edinburgh, for the distinguished honor you have done me – and through me, the pursuit to which I am devoted – in conferring upon me the freedom of this City.2 Believe me, My Lord, that I am deeply sensible of this high token, and that I shall ever regard the title of citizen, so generously and handsomely bestowed, with a pride and pleasure much too deep for words. I have the honor to be, My Lord,

Your faithful and obliged servant

 CHARLES DICKENS

The Lord Provost.

  • 1. Sir James Forrest, Bart (1780-1860), advocate; Lord Provost of Edinburgh since 1838. A ruling elder of the established Church of Scotland until 1843, when he joined the Free Church. Grand Master of the Freemasons in Scotland.
  • 2. For CD’s account of this honour and the subsequent dinner, see To Forster, [30 July 1841], Pilgrim Letters 2, pp. 313-15 & nn