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 RICHARD BENTLEY, [24 APRIL 1837]*

MS Berg Collection. Date: Wade's5 "Song of the Month" appeared in the May Miscellany; CD is unlikely to have corrected the proofs before the last week in Apr.

48 Doughty Street. | Monday Morning

My Dear Sir.

I really don't know how I can make way for Darby the Swift6 in the next pg 253No., unless by the omission of Falstaff.1 I think it had much better stand over, more especially as we shall have Wade's songs, and I have only just received the last chapter without which we could not have printed the first.

The Number is an excellent one as it stands, and I think it will be a great pity to disturb it. We had enough of that, in the last number.

I corrected the proof of the Second No. of "Nights at Sea" yesterday, and I am happy to say that I think it one of the very best papers the old Sailor ever wrote—

  •                                    Believe me
  •                                         My Dear Sir
  •                                              Faithfully Yours
  • Richard Bentley Esqre.                              Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
5 Joseph Augustine Wade (?1801–45), Irish writer of music and songs, and frequent contributor to the Miscellany. Wrote the "Song of the Month" for both May and June 37 (i, 429 and 533). He died destitute.
Editor’s Note
6 By J. A. Wade. No. 1 was held over till June (Miscellany, i, 541); Nos. 2 and 3 appeared in July and Nov (ibid, ii, 68 and 464).
Editor’s Note
1 No. 1 of William Maginn's "Shakespeare Papers": it remained in the May No. (Miscellany, i, 494).
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