Charles Dickens

Graham Storey (ed.), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 11: 1865–1867

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Station Hotel, Newcastle | Monday Fourth March 1867

My Dearest Georgy

I have both your packets of letters, and your accompanying note. Two of the letters I send you back for your perusal; one from Katie Macready which has an ill look, I fear; one, sufficiently incoherent, from old Andrew.5

The bright cold weather has turned to damp here to day, and the coal smoke of this place is oppressive in the air. I am still perfectly well. Dolby is laid up with a cold in the body, head, face, and throat: which I devoutly hope I may not catch! He couldn't go through the action of eating, this morning, and has declared upon beeftea—to be administered by the landlady at noon.

It seems to me that nothing is more likely than that all Charley Collins's miseries do really originate in that diffused gout. It simulates all sorts of disorders, and unquestionably is his inheritance. I am afraid, therefore, that Gad's may not do him permanent good. Best love to him and Katie.

pg 326I am very sorry to lose1 Hodder.2 Concerning the dessert service I am entirely of your mind. But the commission has gone too far to be handsomely receded from now. If I had had the slightest idea of its cost, I should as soon have thought of buying Strood Turnpike.

No news yet of the Winter family.3 I live in a tremble. The ferocious Buckle evidently set his tremendous countenance dead against the Readings; for even Mrs. Buckle cannot in the least explain why they don't come.4

  • Ever My Dearest Georgy | Your most affectionate         
  • CD.     

I achieved a letter to Chauncy at York yesterday.

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Editor’s Note
5 No doubt Andrew Gordon.
Editor’s Note
1 i.e. miss.
Editor’s Note
2 George Hodder (1819–70): see Vol. iv, p. 95n.
Editor’s Note
4 See 2 Mar and fn.
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