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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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pg 21To H. W. KOLLE, [23 APRIL 1833]

MS Comtesse de Suzannet. Date: the Tuesday before the performance.

Bentinck Street | Tuesday Morning

My dear Kolle.

I will not say that I have been surprised at our not hearing from or seeing you either on the day you mentioned in your note or at any other time since its receipt, because of course we know from practical experience in other cases that a little flow of prosperity is an excellent cooler of former friendships, and that when other and more pleasant engagements can be formed visits—if not visits of convenience—become excessively irksome. This is everybody's way and of course therefore I attach no blame to you that it is yours also. I do not say this with any ill natured feeling or in any unkind spirit, but I know that something like this is felt by others here, and I am really sorry for it, though as I said before by no means surprised that it should be so—

Now as Saturday is fast approaching I should really be much obliged to you if you will (if you can find time) write me a word in answer to these two questions. In the first place do you play the Nobleman?1 I have the dress and if you are disinclined to play the character I must entrust it to other hands. In the second place when may I send for your Scene2 as it requires fitting up, lighting &c?

  • Believe me (in great haste)
  •      Very truly Yours
  •             Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
1 In Clari. Kolle took the part.
Editor’s Note
2 The scenery he was making (see letter of ?15 Apr).
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