Charles Dickens

Madeline House and Graham Storey (eds), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 1: 1820–1839

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To THOMAS MITTON, [4 NOVEMBER 1839]*

MS University of Texas. Date: presumably the Monday after To Mrs Macready, 1 Nov.

Doughty Street. | Monday Morning

My Dear Mitton

Macready tells me that when they lived in Kent Terrace (2 doors from No. 10) the stench from the stables at certain periods of the wind was so great that they could scarcely breathe—and this circumstance alone was the cause of their not retaining the house constantly, as, liking it very much, they would otherwise have done. He holds it to be a decided and insurmountable objection, and, when he speaks so strongly, I—alas!—am compelled to do the same.

Will you communicate without delay with Mr. Chamberlayne5 in order that he may tell his clients we are "off"? Perhaps I shall see you when you come to him.

My mother is going to look at the house in Ulster place and another one this morning, but I begin to droop and despair.

  • Faithfully Always
  •                CD.

Knowles's orders,6 he is sorry to say, are all gone for tonight.

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Editor’s Note
5 Probably Alfred F. Chamberlayne, solicitor, of 31 Great James Street, Bedford Row.
Editor’s Note
6 For the first night of his play Love at Covent Garden.
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