Charles Dickens

Madeline House and Graham Storey (eds), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 2: 1840–1841

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To W. C. MACREADY, [?16 MAY 1840]

MS Morgan Library. Date: Signature points unmistakably to 1840, in which year the only "Thursday the 28th" was in May. CD could scarcely have been writing on Sat 23 May, day of the first production of Glencoe; nor on Sat 9 May, when he spent the evening with Macready at Babbage's (Diaries, ii 59). Probable date therefore 16 May—Macready's invitation having crossed letter written earlier in the day.

Devonshire Terrace. | Saturday Afternoon.

My Dear Macready.

I am very sorry to say that having a cousin from France1 staying with us, we have a small family circle here tomorrow, and cannot get quit of it— which I assure you we would gladly do, to dine in Clarence Terrace.2

I wrote and despatched, two minutes before your note arrived, an acceptance of a dinner invitation for Thursday the 28th. I am now going to write another note to put it off.

  •                                         Always faithfully Yours
  • W. C. Macready Esquire                         Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
1 Unidentified—unless Martha Ball: see To Maclise, 22 July and fn.
Editor’s Note
2 Macready had moved from Elstree to 5 Clarence Terrace that spring: see Diaries, ii 53 and 57.
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