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 H. W. KOLLE, [19 MAY 1833]

MS Comtesse de Suzannet. Date: Kolle was married on Wed 22 May;1 the celebration CD refers to here presumably took place the week before. Address: H. W. Kolle Esqre. | 14 Addle Street | Aldermanbury.


My dear Kolle. I inclose a very conciliatory note sans pride, sans reserve sans anything2 but an evident wish to be reconciled, which I shall be most obliged by your delivering.—Independently of the numerous advantages of your marriage you will have this great consolation—that you will be for once and for aye relieved from these most troublesome commissions. I leave the note myself hoping it is possible (tho' not probable) that it may pg 30catch you so as to be delivered to day—By the bye if I had many friends in the habit of marrying which said friends had brothers who possessed an extensive assortment of choice hock I should be dead in no time. Yesterday I felt like a Maniac—to day my interior resembles a Lime Basket.1

  • Truly Yours
  •            CD.

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Editor’s Note
1 At St Mary Woolchurch Haw; CD was best man
Editor’s Note
2 Cf. As You Like It, ii, vii, 166.
Editor’s Note
1 A basket of quicklime. Cf. Mr Chitling, in Oliver Twist, Ch. 18, who claimed to be 'as dry as a lime-basket".
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