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Madeline House and Graham Storey (eds), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 2: 1840–1841

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To MRS E. J. STANLEY,6 23 MAY [1841]

MS (copy) Mr George Howard. Date: 23 May was Sunday in 1841; the copied signature supports that year. Address: clearly Mrs E. J. Stanley since copy is among the Carlisle papers (see fn).

Devonshire Terrace. | Sunday Twenty Third May.

Dear Mrs. Stanley.

I am exceedingly sorry to say that I have an engagement for Tuesday which binds me to dine elsewhere, far less pleasantly; but if I should be pg 285so fortunate as to be able to release myself early in the evening, I shall make bold to look in, and pay my compliments to you.

  • Believe me | Faithfully Yours
  •                            Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
6 Henrietta Maria (1807–95), daughter of Viscount Dillon. A consistent Radical, advocate of women's education and one of the founders of Queen's College, London, and Girton College, Cambridge. One of her daughters married the ninth Earl of Carlisle; another, Lord Amberley, son of Lord John Russell and father of Bertrand Russell. For her husband, afterwards second Baron Stanley of Alderley, see Vol. i, p. 424n. She had taken a keen interest in Old Curiosity Shop: see To Macready, ?6 Jan, fn.
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