Charles Dickens

Kathleen Mary Tillotson (ed.), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 4: 1844–1846

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MS Mrs Sowerby.

Friday Morning | Fourteenth June 1844.

My Dear Miss Weller

Let me congratulate you with my whole heart, on your brilliant achievements last night.1 You rose with the occasion, nobly. Nothing could have been more successful, graceful, charming—triumphant, in every particular.

I felt a pride in you which I cannot express. I do not write to you, therefore, with the view of expressing it, or giving language to my great delight; but merely to say that I can't do either.

  •                               Always Believe me | Faithfully Your friend
  • Miss Christiana Weller.                              Charles Dickens

P.S. Anna2 was great I adored her. I refused all comfort afterwards, because I hadn't sent her a bouquet. But writing all day put it out of my head. It was there, several times. Tell her it was Mr. Chuzzlewit's omission. Not mine.

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Editor’s Note
1 At the "Soiree Musicale" in the Hanover Square Rooms, advertised as her first selection of pianoforte recitals. The Times, 14 June, praised her "brilliancy of execution" and said her "mastery over the difficulties of the more modern composers, as exhibited for example in Thalberg's 'Dal tuo stellato toglio', elicited loud applause".
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2 Anna DeLancey Weller, b. 1830: see Vol. iii, p. 446n. She and Christiana had first appeared professionally together at concerts in Wales in July 43. At the Soirée, she was introduced for the "final surprise" to play Thalberg's grand duet for two pianofortes from Norma; "a pretty little girl, with a profusion of black hair", nervous, but "there was much reason for the applause that followed" (Morning Herald, 14 June, reproduced in Musical World, 20 June).
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