Saturday, July 22, 2017
From The Life of Mary Russell Mitford, Told by Herself in Letters to Friends, Volume II, edited by A. G. K. L'Estrange
"So you have never heard of the 'Pickwick Papers!' Well! They publish a number once a month, and print 25,000. The bookseller has made about ten thousand pouns by the speculation. It is fun -- London life -- but without any thing unpleasant... It seems like not having heard of Hogarth, whom he resembles greatly, except that he takes a far more cheerful view, a Shakespearian view, of humanity."
From a letter to Miss Jephson, dated Three-mile Cross, June 30, 1837.