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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pg 598To JOHN FORSTER, [7 NOVEMBER 1839]

MS Victoria & Albert Museum. Date: the Thursday between 4 Nov when CD decided against Kent Terrace and 14 Nov when he invited Macready to see his new house—1 Devonshire Terrace.1

Doughty Street. | Thursday Morning.

My Dear Forster.

In fulfilment of an engagement of long-standing, I dined at Wilkie's yesterday, and having been house-hunting all the morning could not spare time or Topping to answer your note.

aA house of great promise (and great premium) "undeniable" situation, and excessive splendour, is in view. Mitton is in treaty, and I am in ecstatic restlessness.

Kate wants to know whether you have "any books to send her". If you have any literary rubbish on hand, please to shoot it here.a

I shall be obliged to go out this evening for a few hours, but I shall certainly be at home by a quarter before ten. Will you sup here?

  •                                         Always Faithfully Yours
  • John Forster Esquire                              Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
1 Devonshire Terrace, York Gate, Regent's Park, where CD lived until 1851. He took the house from 1 Dec, paying £800 for the residue of a 14-year lease dating from 20 Mar 37. The rent was £160 p.a. (MS Mr H. C. Dickens). Maclise's drawing of the house is reproduced in F. G. Kitton, CD by Pen and Pencil, 1889–90, i, 46. It was demolished in 1960.
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aa Given in F, ii, v, 133.
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