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 RICHARD BENTLEY, [?MID-DECEMBER 1837]*

MS Berg Collection. Date: Handwriting points to late 1837, probably Dec.

Doughty Street | Wednesday Afternoon

My Dear Sir

I very much regret to say that my cold is so exceedingly bad that I cannot leave home to-day. I went out yesterday and was a burden to myself and everybody about me. To-day I really am extremely unwell—so much so, that although I have deferred writing 'till the last moment and had determined to come in spite of myself, I am so dead beat that I cannot.

I am exceedingly sorry for this on every account, but if I were not firm there would be no last chapter to Oliver this month. I cannot write with comfort when I am so out of condition.

Remember me to all our friends and beg them to do the same good turn by me in their cups.

  •                                         Faithfully Yours
  • Richard Bentley Esqre.                              Charles Dickens

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