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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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MS Berg Collection. Address: Richard Bentley Esqre. | New Burlington Street. On mourning paper.

48 Doughty Street. | Tuesday Morning Septr. 19th. 1837.


Mr. Molloy of No. 8 New Square Lincoln's Inn, is my Solicitor. I have laid your last letter before him,1 and have merely to request that you will have the goodness to make any further communication you may deem necessary, to that gentleman and not to me.

Of course it is my intention2 to abide by the determination I have given you notice of, or I should not have announced it.

  •                                              Yours
  • Richard Bentley Esqre.                         Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
1 And also, presumably, the offending articles, in an envelope on which he had written: "Three Sheets of the Magazine printed by Mr. Bentley's Order contrary to my directions to the Printer. (These contain three papers which I never saw or was consulted about. Another Sheet containing several others I sent back to the Printer before I gave Mr. Bentley Notice of my Resignation, with a Notice that I would not revise it.)" Bentley gave way, and another envelope which passed through Molloy's hands was labelled by CD: "The Two first Sheets of the Magazine as they have been re-arranged by Mr. Bentley since my Resignation agreeably to my original directions." Both envelopes with their contents were handed over to Wilson by Mitton on 26 Sep. (Copies, probably in Mitton's hand, MSS Mr H. C. Dickens).
Editor’s Note
2 "intention" written above "determination" cancelled.
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