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 JOHN FORSTER, [6 DECEMBER 1837]

MS Victoria & Albert Museum (FC). Date: on mourning paper with widest black border; the baby was christened Charles Culliford Boz on Sat 9 Dec.

Doughty Street. | Wednesday

My Dear Forster

I cannot possibly dine at Bulwer's3 on Saturday, because it is my boy's christening and we have invited a host of people here in the evening—nor can you, unless you break your engagement to us, which I have no doubt you have forgotten, but which my better half remembering the occasion will not fail to recollect.

About the Saint James's it will be better if you call here in a cab when you leave the Ourang Outangs, and come here. We will then go together.

Grimaldi speeds but twaddles.

  •                                         Ever Yours
  • John Forster Esqre.                              Charles Dickens

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3 Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer (1803–73; DNB), writer and politician; Liberal MP since 1831; Bart 38. Had already published 13 novels, two plays and other writings. Despite his and CD's admiration for each other's work, their overlapping liberal sympathies and their common friendship with Forster and Macready, they did not become intimate until their joint founding of the Guild of Literature and Art, 1850.
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