Dickens described town as “desolate”

THANK you for your article on page 33 of the Herald (February 17). However, there are some very important points that I would like to draw to your attention.

Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 - not February 14 as stated in your article.

There is also absolutely no evidence to support the claim that Dickens came to Eastbourne.

In fact quite the contrary.

His great friend, the eminent Victorian actor, Charles Macready was a regular visitor and often invited Dickens to join him, but a letter from Dickens to Macready, describes Eastbourne as “desolate and desert place, inhabited by gulls and sea-Mews”.

Dickens journals and diaries are now in the process of being “on-line” so his actual visits/movements/appointments can be more readily authenticated.

Thank you for supporting our essay writing competition. We are pleased to have your backing for our project.

MAGGIE DE VOS

Wellington Quay, Sovereign Harbour.

• IF YOU would like to take part in the Dickens Fellowship Eastbourne essay writing competition see page 46 of this week’s Herald newspaper (February 24).