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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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pg 57To MESSRS LEA & BLANCHARD,1 13 FEBRUARY 1842

Text from Dickensian, XI (1913), 260.

Carlton House, New York, | Thirteenth February, 1842.

My Dear Sirs,

I am cordially obliged to you for your thoughtful recollection, and for the box of books.2 Accept my very best thanks.

I shall be exceedingly glad to know you, and shake hands with you when I come to Philadelphia, where I shall be, I hope, (though for a very few days) in a fortnight at furthest.3

I shall be glad to have, too—of course, between ourselves—some information on a business point which occurs to my mind just now.4

The intelligence of the long faces5 had reached my ears before I received your letter. I am truly sorry for the cause of their elongation, and wish them short again with all my heart.

  •                                         Dear Sirs, | Always faithfully yours,
  • Messrs. Lea and Blanchard.                              Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
1 Originally Carey & Carey, Carey & Lea 1824, Philadelphia publishers (see Vol. i, p. 322n, and To Forster, 13 Mar, fn); the only American publishers with whom CD had had dealings (see Vol. ii, p. 56n).
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2 Among these was probably William G. Simms's Beauchampe, published by themselves (2 vols, 1842), which Catherine later gave to Anne Brown (see To Neil House, ?19 Apr, fn). For other books possibly given by them to CD see 2 June 42.
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3 He arrived in Philadelphia on 5 Mar, and Henry C. Carey, former senior partner, entertained him on the 8th.
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4 Presumably concerning publication in America of his next novel (he would scarcely have told them of his intention to write a book about America).
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5 Of disapproval, no doubt, at his raising—in his speeches at Boston and Hartford—the subject of international copyright (see To Forster, 14 Feb and fn). For Henry Carey's attitude to the subject, see To Forster, 13 Mar, fn.
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