Charles Dickens

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

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To SIR ALEXANDER DUFF GORDON,1 27 SEPTEMBER 1855*

MS Winifred A. Myers (Autographs) Ltd.

Folkestone, Kent. | Twenty Seventh September 1855

My Dear Gordon

I never lecture on any subject whatsoever. Perhaps the letter means to ask me to read my Christmas Carol. I am sorry that I cannot make any appointment to do it. I am very closely occupied with my own pursuits, and have made as many promises to read this book for such Institutions as it will take me two Christmases to fulfil.

Almost every day in the week, I answer three or four similar letters.

  •                                                   Very Faithfully Yours
  • Sir Alexander Duff Gordon                              Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
1 Sir Alexander Duff Gordon (1811–72; DNB under Lucie Duff Gordon), civil servant; Senior Clerk in the Treasury 1854; Commissioner of the Board of Inland Revenue 1856.
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