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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MS Berg Collection. Date: the day before Mamie's birth (see next), on evidence of handwriting and the spelling "Esqre.".3

Doughty Street. | Monday Afternoon

My Dear Sir

Mrs. Dickens perversely and obstinately took it into her head to fall ill at 7 O'Clock this morning. I have been with her all day, but as I am advised by the most experienced authorities that I may safely absent myself from home, so that I am within reasonable call, I have ordered dinner for us at the Garrick at 5 precisely. You who are a family man will I am sure require no apology for this change of place under circumstances common to all well regulated families.

  •                                         Ever My Dear Sir
  •                                              Faithfully Yours
  • Richard Bentley Esqre.                              Charles Dickens

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