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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Extract in N, i, 232; MS 1 p.; dated 48 Doughty Street, 22nd October 1839. Address: Robert Philips of Prestwich near Manchester, according to Maggs catalogue No. 449 (1924).

I am greatly obliged to you for your kind invitation, which I hope to acknowledge in person before long but cannot avail myself of at this time, for I have been obliged to write to the secretary of the Athenaeum by the same post which conveys this letter to you, expressing my regret that the present state of Mrs. Dickens's health5 prevents my leaving home.6

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4 Robert Philips (1760–1844), prosperous Manchester businessman. Benefactor of Manchester New College and President 1834–7.
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5 She was expecting a baby in the very near future.
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6 CD had no doubt been invited to the opening of Sir Charles Barry's building on 28 Oct.
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