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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 Comtesse de Suzannet. Date: clearly same day as last. On mourning paper.

Doughty Street. | Monday Evening

My dear Ainsworth.

We take horse next Sunday at 10—and I have arranged—I dare say much to the disappointment of the opposite neighbours4—for the Serjeant to be put on his horse at his own residence, and for us to mount at the place where the animals live.

The accompanying copy of Pickwick is one of three bound according to the taste of Chapman and Hall; I beg your acceptance of it—not for the sake of the binding or the gilt edges or the contents, but of the Author, who I trust may long continue to occupy a place among your chosen friends, and to rank your name among the names of those for whom he entertains sentiments of no common regard and esteem.pg 342

With best compliments to the ladies, and many wishes that they may not think Pickwick in his new suit too gaudy or presuming, I rest, My dear Ainsworth

  •                                    Faithfully and Sincerely Yours
  • William Harrison Ainsworth Esqre.               Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
4 CD's apparent reluctance to mount in full view of his neighbours may have been due, S. M. Ellis suggests, to the criticisms of Mrs Touchet who when younger had been famous in the hunting-field. By giving the name "Cockney Riders" to CD, Talfourd, Forster and Ainsworth, she had probably made them self-conscious (D, xxviii [1932], 184).
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