Charles Dickens

Kathleen Mary Tillotson, Madeline House, and Graham Storey (eds), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 3: 1842–1843

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pg 379To HENRY BURNETT, [25 NOVEMBER 1842]

Mention in Henry Burnett to F. G. Kitton, 19 Dec 88 (MS Huntington). Date: given by Burnett.

Telling Burnett that he had received the Bill he had put his hand to on Burnett's behalf.1

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Editor’s Note
1 When sending this, with other letters he and Fanny had received from CD, to Kitton for his CD, his Life, Writings, and Personality, 1902, Burnett explained the circumstances. He had decided to give up the stage (see Vol. ii, p. 37n) and to move to Manchester where there seemed to be a good opening for a teacher of singing. "But the removal and interval of work", he wrote, "involved expence. Dickens offered to lend me a hundred pounds. But found it would suit him best to put his hand to a Bill for six months [clearly an undated Bill, made out before CD left for America]." He had arrived in Manchester in 1841 and was now launched on his new career as a teacher of singing. Since the summer he had been conducting, at the Manchester Athenæum and the Mechanics Institution, "Vocal Music Classes" (based on "Wilhelm's Method of Teaching Singing"), and on 26 Oct began at the Athenæum a second course "for the practice of Part Music, and for the acquisition of a thorough knowledge of the Clefs". He also sang, sometimes with Fanny, at public concerts in Peter Street. Before the end of 1842, he and Fanny had become members of the Congregational Chapel, Rusholme Road, under the Rev. James Griffin (1805–98).
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