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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MS Private. Date: Clearly refers to the Wilkie meeting on 28 Aug at which CD was in fact present (see fn), perhaps as a result of persuasion by Maclise.

In haste—Saturday Morning.

My Dear Mac

Occupations4 too tremendous to admit of my going to the Wilkie Meeting5—Come here as soon as it is over—The carriage shall be ready at pg 3722; and I will wait for you—Forster will be at the Parthenon, of course, as we agreed.

  • Faithfully Ever
  •                CD.

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Editor’s Note
4 Presumably he was seeing Chapman and Hall that morning instead of the evening before (when he had merely held himself disengaged "in case").
Editor’s Note
5 A meeting to discuss a monument to Wilkie, with Peel in the chair, held at the Thatched House Tavern, St James's Street. Macready describes it at some length, protesting at "the servile, crouching attitude" of the artists in allowing the lead to be taken by men of rank (the Duke of Sutherland, Lord John Russell, &c). As they left, CD asked Macready: "Did you ever hear such miserable commonplace—such a mere set of words without one idea?" (Diaries, ii, 141, 142). Samuel Joseph was later selected to execute a statue (see To Hall, ?31 Mar, fn).
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