Charles Dickens

Kathleen Mary Tillotson (ed.), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 4: 1844–1846

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MS (fragment) Mr W. J. Carlton. Date: Jan-Mar 44 on handwriting.

first note. But my answer must still have been, in effect, what you have already received from me.

I have not been unmindful of Mrs. and Miss Barrow's1 condition as it is stated to me, but have made it known to Mrs. Barrow's nearest, and wealthiest relation.2 If I decline to mention to you what kind of assurance from myself I coupled3

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Editor’s Note
1 Possibly Mrs Charles Barrow (née Mary Culliford), d. 1851, CD's grandmother, and her unmarried daughter Mary Caroline; Mrs Barrow had left the Isle of Man after her husband's death in 1826: see W. J. Carlton, "The Barrows of Bristol", D, xlvi (1949), 33–6.
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2 The prosperous branch of the family were the sons of John Barrow of Bristol (1787–1841); the eldest, Robert Gay Barrow (d. 1880), became an alderman in 1850. CD visited him in 1851 and found him "a gentleman of condition and a very agreeable man" (Mr and Mrs CD, ed. W. Dexter, 1935, P. 161).
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3 The rest of the letter is lacking.
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