Dickens's refusal to run for parliament


Gadshill, Hayhem near Rochester, Kent,
Sunday, October 4, 1868

Dear Finlay,

I am extremely obliged to you for your sincere and friendly letter. I deeply respect your father-in-law and his newspaper and is very disposed towards the inhabitants of Edinburgh. Therefore, it would be superfluous to assure you that, if I did not adhere to firm views on the parliamentary question, now I would be seized with doubts.

However, I am firmly convinced that in my current position I am much more useful and happier than I could ever be in parliament. I considered this possibility a few weeks ago, when I received a touching offer from the inhabitants of Birmingham, and resolutely refused it once and for all.

Please tell Mr. Russell that I appreciate his trust and hope to witness it personally in Edinburgh on Christmas Eve. In the whole of Scotland there is no person from whom it would be more flattering for me to receive such an offer.

Always yours.

Source: Charles Dickens. Collected Works in thirty volumes. T. 30. Letters 1855 - 1870. S. 253 - 254. - M .: State Publishing House of Fiction, 1963.

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