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 GEORGE CRUIKSHANK, [30 AUGUST 1837]

MS Comtesse de Suzannet. Date: clearly written immediately after last. On mourning paper.

Doughty Street | Wednesday Night.

My Dear Cruikshank.

There will be no Oliver Twist next month;5 and as my paper although the best I can make it of it's6 kind, will not afford a subject for illustration, I have directed the Printer to send you proofs of four tales, called "An excellent offer"—"The autobiography of a good joke"—"The Secret"—and "The man with the Club foot".7—If you cannot select two good subjects from these, I will add a paper I expea from the old Sailor,8 and any comical one that may turn up in the course of the next week. It will pg 302not be long before I am in town again, and if I find you have not made a selection of both subjects, I will assist you with more matter.

  •                                         Believe me, Ever
  •                                              Faithfully Yours
  • Geo: Cruikshank Esqre.                         Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
5 i.e. in the Oct No. A notice on the wrapper reads: "Oliver Twist will be continued by Mr. Dickens in the next number of the Miscellany, and after that time from month to month as usual. The great length of the proceedings of the Mudfog Association prevents the insertion of the usual continuation this month" (CD's paper occupied 1 6 1 2 pp.). Forster suggests a rather different explanation—that Oliver had "been suspended by him during the recent disputes" (F, ii, i, 95).
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6 Thus in MS.
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7 Cruikshank illustrated "The Autobiography of a Good Joke" and "The Secret".
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8 Matthew Barker. His "Nights at Sea", No. v, appeared in Nov (ii, 471).
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