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 T. J. CULLIFORD, [6 DECEMBER 1837]*

MS Mr L. C. Staples. Date: presumably same day as last.

Doughty Street | Wednesday Night

My Dear Sir

As my better half is "doing her hair" she begs me to reply to your note in manner following. First, we propose that the Infant phænomonon's name shall be Charles Culliford;2 secondly we find a substitute for you at the font; and thirdly we shall expect to see you in the evening when we gather together a few friends in honor of the occasion. So no more at present from your loving nephew to command

  • Thomas Culliford Esqre.                         Charles Dickens

PS. Missis's love.

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Editor’s Note
2 According to Lord Redesdale (Memories, 1915, i, 65), "Boz" was added because John Dickens shouted it out after the baby's godfather had said "Charles". Charley, who told him this at Eton, told the same story in America.
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