Charles Dickens

Madeline House and Graham Storey (eds), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 1: 1820–1839

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To SAMUEL ROGERS,1 14 NOVEMBER [1839]

MS Professor E. S. Pearson.

Doughty Street. | Thursday November 14th.

My Dear Sir

I was concerned to hear at Holland House yesterday, that you had left there in consequence of not feeling very well. I hope it was but a temporary ailing, and that this will find you as well as I wish you—in which case you will not have felt better in all your life, believe me.

I intended to have asked you yesterday, to let me send you a copy of Nickleby. Being prevented, I send it you now without permission, begging you to receive with it my dear Sir, the warm assurance of my esteem and admiration.

Did you ever "move"? We have taken a house near the Regents Park, intending to occupy it between this and Christmas, and the consequent trials have already begun. There is an old proverb that three removes are as bad as a fire. I don't know how that may be, but I know that one is worse.

  •                                    Always believe me My Dear Sir
  •                                              Faithfully Yours
  • Samuel Rogers Esquire                         Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
1 Samuel Rogers (1763–1855; DNB), the banker-poet, famous since his Pleasures of Memory, 1792. Knew most writers of importance from the 1770s to the 1850s, and was financially generous to many. In 1836 Carlyle described him as "a half-frozen old sardonic Whig-Gentleman: no hair at all, but one of the whitest bare scalps, blue eyes, shrewd, sad and cruel: toothless horseshoe mouth drawn up to the very nose: slow croaking, sardonic insight, perfect breeding" (New Letters of Carlyle, ed. Alexander Carlyle, 1904, i, 4). Macaulay called Rogers "the Oracle of Holland House", and it was probably there that CD first met him, in 1839.
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