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Charles Dickens

Madeline House and Graham Storey (eds), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 1: 1820–1839

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To J. P. HARLEY, [6 FEBRUARY 1837]

MS Huntington Library. Date: PM 6 Feb 37. Address: J. P. Harley Esqre. | Saint James's Theatre | King Street | Saint James's | London.

Mrs. Nash's Chalk3 nr. Gravesend | Monday afternoon

My Dear Sir.

Not having had time to finish altering the farce4 before I left town, I brought it down here with me on Saturday; altered it on Saturday Night; and (by previous arrangement) forwarded it pr. Mail directed to Mr. pg 234Hogarth Junr. to be left at the office in the City 'till called for. He was to finish copying it on Sunday, & leave it at the Theatre for you, to-day.

To-day there comes down to me a Special Messenger from Furnivals Inn to relate how the Mail came, and the Parcel didn't, according to the Booking Office Clerk's report. How on earth this can be, I cannot for the life and soul of me, make out. I have sent the Messenger back to make further enquiries, and have no doubt it will be found to be a mistake. I wrote a letter to you, which you will receive in the parcel when it turns up—I write this hasty communication to account for the delay.

  • Faithfully Yours
  •         Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
3 The cottage in which CD and Catherine had spent their honeymoon.
Editor’s Note
4 Is She His Wife?
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