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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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pg 275To MRS GEORGE HOGARTH, [?JUNE 1837]*

MS Dickens House. Date: on mourning paper; probably written soon after CD and Catherine returned to Doughty Street from Hampstead.

My Dear Mrs. Hogarth

Kate is out, and I think it possible that she may not be home until 5 which is our dinner hour. I have a business engagement this afternoon at 4 which I think may detain me from then 'till 5. I am so very anxious to see Mr. Thomson and am so busy just now into the bargain, that I think the best plan will be to fix our meeting beforehand. Is he engaged tomorrow? Or can he and Mrs. Thomson dine with us at 5? If not, will they fix their own time and place? Suppose I were to call on them tomorrow morning and arrange the matter—will you write me a line and say what I had best do, and it shall be done.

I want to see you very much, and to hear your account of all that has been done since we have been away. I hope I shall be able to do so tomorrow.

I wish I could hear that you had been out to walk. You cannot think how much it would please me. It is really time you made the effort. If it were painful at first, you would very soon find ample compensation in the additional strength and cheerfulness which I am sure it would give you1

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Editor’s Note
1 Nearly two-thirds of p. 3 has been cut away; perhaps only ending and signature missing.
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