Charles Dickens

Kathleen Mary Tillotson, Madeline House, and Graham Storey (eds), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 3: 1842–1843

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MS Colonel Richard Gimbel.

Twenty Sixth July 1842.

My Dear Mac

How are you?

Well enough to dine with us (inviolably alone) at 5—before the evening ride?

If so, say Yes.

Dieted at all? If so, say on what.2

  • Yours
  •       Sutherland.3

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Editor’s Note
2 It was probably on receiving this letter that Maclise wrote to Forster: "I am better, but very very weak—I am going to crawl up to Dickens for the purpose you invite [slip for "he invites"?] me—having ordered him to get two chops (small) and well done—at 5. I'll tell him now that you will drop in" (MS Forster Collection,V & A; undated, but, since on mourning paper, 1842).
Editor’s Note
3 A joke perhaps referring to the Duke of Sutherland, a patron of art and owner of the great collection of paintings at Stafford House. CD had met him at Holland House on 22 July.
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