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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pg 46To THOMAS MITTON, [?24 NOVEMBER 1834]

MS Huntington Library. Date: Seems certainly to follow last two letters, the "condemned Hole" being presumably one of the many London Debtors' Courts.1

Monday Morng

Dear Tom.

That condemned Hole is so full of Spectators and perspiration that I have been unable to get near you,2 and unwilling to hazard my precious person in the midst of the assembled warmint.

I want to see father at the Museum,3 and will be back here about 12 when we will proceed to Furnivals Inn.4

  • Sincerely Yours
  •              CD

12 O'Clock. I have seen him, and am now waiting for you at the Cock.5 Don't be long, if you can help it.

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Editor’s Note
1 Records of the Palace Court show two actions brought against John Dickens in this period—by Leonhard Volman, and by John Clarke (18 Nov 35); but this action has not been traced. Most of the other Courts did not keep records.
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2 Mitton was no doubt representing John Dickens.
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3 Probably the inn opposite, rather than the British Museum itself.
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4 Presumably to see the chambers into which CD moved in Dec.
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5 Well known inn in Fleet Street facing Middle Temple Gate.
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