English novelist (1812-1870), Dickens is responsible for a wealth of distinctive characters that are still fondly remembered today. We have an autograph signed letter from Dickens to an unknown gentleman. The letter refers to the death of a Welsh clergyman called Hughes, and Dickens relates his knowledge of this matter to his correspondent. One page (written on one side), Office of All the Year Round letterhead, Friday Seventh March 1862. Signed at the close, “Charles Dickens”, with his usual distinctive paraph. Measures 204x126mm and is unframed. The letter has expected mailing folds and mounting remnants to verso, otherwise it is fine condition with bold and crisp writing. An unusual and touching letter. In full: “In reply to your letter, I beg to inform you that Mr Hughes’s brother (also a clergyman in Wales) wrote to me to inform me of the death of that good man, but did not refer to the worldy circumstances in which his widow left. Therefore I have made no enquiry of him on that head. My impression is that there are no children”.