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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 Mr M. B. Ashford. Date: during CD's stay at Twickenham. Address: —— Oliver Esq | Surgeon | Ebury Street.

Twickenham Park | Monday Evening


I very much regret that your note has so long remained unanswered. It was put aside among some answered letters, and so escaped me.

pg 410I recollect very shortly after I received your two papers, writing you a note in which I ventured to say that I did not think the idea of a Surgeon's Diary at all a promising one after the Physician's;1 and that I did not consider your articles adapted to the Miscellany. I therefore declined them with many thanks for your preference.

As you have not received this communication, I infer that the parcel must have been, since that time, lying at Mr. Bentley's. But I shall be in town on Saturday, and will take care that it is sent to your residence.

  •                                    I am, Sir,
  •                                              Your very obedt. Servant,
  • E. Oliver Esquire                                   Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
1 Samuel Warren's Passages from the Diary of a Late Physician had appeared in Blackwood's 1830–7.
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