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 9To H. W. KOLLE, [?AUGUST 1832]

MS Comtesse de Suzannet. Date: presumably in the Summer Parliamentary recess (16 Aug to 16 Oct).

Fitzroy Street. | Wednesday

My dear Kolle.

As we have had a little sickness among our family we intend going to Highgate for a fortnight. The Spot we have chosen is in a very pleasant Neighbourhood, and I have discovered a green lane which looks as if nature had intended it for a Smoking place.

If you can make it convenient to come down, write to me and fix your own day. I am sorry I cannot offer you a bed because we are so pressed for room that I myself hang out at "The Red Lion"1 but should you be disposed to stay all Night I have no doubt you can be provided with a bed at the same Establishment.

The Address is "Mrs. Goodman's2 next door to the old Red Lion Highgate". The place has no other name, but a twopenny3 directed as above will no doubt find us.

  • Remember me to all friends and Believe me
  •                                                         In haste
  •                                                              Most truly Yours
  •                                                                  Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
1 A well known coaching inn in North Road, Highgate; demolished 1900.
Editor’s Note
2 Probably Mary Goodman, the occupier in 1837 of the house next to the Red Lion.
Editor’s Note
3 The London local postage rate until the introduction of Rowland Hill's penny postage in Dec 39.
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