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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To MISS HANNAH MEREDITH, 24 JANUARY 1844*

MS Morgan Library.

Devonshire Terrace. | Twenty Fourth January 1844.

My Dear Miss Meredith

Will you kindly let me know, by a brief verbal message, how Miss Coutts really is.5 I need not offer an apology to you, for wishing to hear as an anxious friend, and not as a formal caller.

  •                                    Always Believe me | Faithfully Yours
  • Miss Meredith                                        Charles Dickens

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5 After the death of Sir Francis Burdett on 23 Jan. This had come as a shock, his condition having worsened rapidly. There were rumours that hydropathic treatment, not approved of by Miss Coutts, was partly responsible; this was denied in a letter to The Times from Dr Edward Johnson (27 Jan).
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