Manuscript letter to JH Nodal

Item author: Thomas Hardy
Item date: 1876
Grant Value: 339
Item cost: 1,351
Item date acquired: 1998
Item institution: Dorset County Museum
Town/City: Dorchester
County: Dorset

A hitherto unpublished early letter from Hardy, responding to a question from JH Nodal, Secretary of the English Dialect Society, about the dialects used in Under the Greenwood Tree, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Hand of Ethelberta and A Pair of Blue Eyes. Hardy replied that he used the Dorset dialect with which he was acquainted, but sparingly and only where it would not appear to the London reader to be mere mispronunciation of standard English