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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Composite text from Autograph Prices Current, i, 49 and N, i, 199. Date: This may refer to the dinner at Ainsworth's noted in CD's Diary for Sat 29 Dec 38: cannot be confirmed from handwriting, since MS untraced.

Doughty Street | Friday noon

My Dear Ainsworth,

Cruikshank has been here to say how that he thought your dinner was last Saturday, how that he now finds it is next Saturday, and how he means to come with me and surprise you. As the surprise, however agreeable, might be too much for Mrs. Touchet, I have thought it best to send you this warning. Mind, you must assume the virtue though you have it not,2 and feign extravagant astonishment at sight of the Illustrious George.

  • Ever faithfully yours
  •      [Charles Dickens]

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Editor’s Note
2 Cf. Hamlet, iii , iv, 160.
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