Autograph letter signed, to the Foreign Secretary, Lord Aberdeen
requesting a passport for himself and his household as he is "on the eve of leaving England on a visit to France and Italy", 1 page, 8vo, Devonshire Terrace, York Gate, Regent's Park, [London], 26 June 1844, framed and glazed, slight browning, lacking integral blank
Dickens departed for the Continent just days after the appearance of the final instalment of Martin Chuzzlewit on 30 June 1844. The household remained abroad for a year, chiefly in Genoa. Dickens's wrote a series of articles on his travels which were gathered together in Pictures from Italy (1846).
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