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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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Photograph New York Public Library. Address: Thomas Mitton Esquire | 23 Southampton Buildings.

Broadstairs | September The Twenty Second | 1841.

My Dear Mitton.

The fruit arrived safely, and in great perfection. I should have acknowledged its receipt, but I knew you were cruising about, and thought a note pg 390might run after you for a week or two, and follow you home at last—which, very possibly, will be the fate of this.

I am not getting on with my work at all; being deliciously lazy, and walking about, all day long. Indeed I don't much care to get on; being so near my resting place.1

Fred will have his Promotion this week.2 I am as glad of it, as though anyone had given me five hundred pounds.

Are you surprised to learn that I have made up my mind to go to America—that I have got all the information needful, about the Packets— that I shall sail, please God, in February, if the latter part of the Winter be not too immoderately severe—and that I am going to announce my intention in the Clock?—There.

I have sent the Alphingtonian notice to day.3 I address this to the office, as your people will most likely know where to forward it.

A pleasant trip to you—I shall see you, of course, as soon as I return to town.

  •                                        Faithfully Yours always
  • Thomas Mitton Esquire                         Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
1 CD had probably started No. 80, and had eight more numbers to do.
Editor’s Note
2 He had it by 26 Sep (To Forster, that day).
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3 Presumably to his father, telling him that he was going to America.
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