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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 Huntington Library. Date: clearly before To Beard, 29 Nov; cannot be Fri 28th when CD in Birmingham; almost certainly the Friday before. Address: Mr. Mitton | Charles Molloy Esqre.

Bentinck Street | Friday Morning

Dear Tom.

On waking this morning, I was informed that my father (whom I have pg 45not seen, for he had gone out) had just been arrested by Shaw and Maxwell1 the quondam Wine People. Will you have the goodness the moment you receive this, to go over to Sloman's in Cursitor Street2 and see him for me, and ascertain whether anything can be done?

I must work this morning, but tell him please I shall be with him about Six.—I dine at 5 if you can come up.

I fear it is an awkward business, and really I have no idea of the extent of his other embarrassments.

  • Believe me
  •      Sincerely Yours
  •            Charles Dickens

I have not yet been taken,3 but no doubt that will be the next act in this "domestic tragedy".

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Editor’s Note
1 Wine merchants, of 16 Woburn Place, Russell Square.
Editor’s Note
2 Abraham Sloman's (or Slowman's) detention house for debtors at 4 Cursitor Street, off Chancery Lane—clearly the model for Mr Solomon Jacobs's "sponging house", described in detail in "Passage in the Life of Mr. Watkins Tottle, Chapter the Second" (Monthly Magazine, Feb 35). Mr Moss's sponging house, in which Col. Rawdon Crawley was confined, was also in Cursitor Street (Vanity Fair, Ch. 53).
Editor’s Note
3 Perhaps CD had backed bills for his father, and might therefore be liable to arrest too.
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