Charles Dickens

Graham Storey, Kathleen Mary Tillotson, and Angus Easson (eds), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 7: 1853–1855

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MS Fales Collection, New York University Library. Address: Nathaniel Powell Esquire | Bedford House.

Tavistock House | Fourteenth May 1855.

Mr. Charles Dickens presents his compliments to Mr. Powell, and begs to suggest that it would greatly improve the appearance of the Front Court if Mr. Powell should think it right to direct his servant to remove any straw that may be dropped before Bedford House, as soon as it falls there. Otherwise it soon gets blown and trodden over the whole garden, and gives it an uncomfortable appearance.

Having twice made this representation to Mr. Powell's servant without any effect, Mr. Dickens ventures to trouble Mr. Powell himself. He does not apologize for doing so, as the Inhabitants of the three houses3 have an equal interest in the neatness of the enclosure, and as it is kept in order at their joint expence.4

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Editor’s Note
2 Nathaniel Powell (1813–73), wine merchant: he lived at Bedford House next door to CD from Autumn 54, after Cardale left.
Editor’s Note
3 CD, Powell and Frank Stone.
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4 Powell noted in his autobiography CD's concern for tidiness: see D, lvi (i960), 158.
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