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Madeline House, Graham Storey, and Kathleen Mary Tillotson (eds), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 3: 1842–1843

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  • 1 Devonshire Terrace | York Gate Regents Park.
  • Twentieth October 1842.

My Dear Granville

It gave me very great pleasure this morning to hear from you; for I began to think—either that you had over-eaten yourself under the parental gooseberry bushes (as you threatened to do, aboard ship),3 or had been violently married by some Warwickshire beauty.4

Of course there is no place like old England. There never was, and never will be. What has a rational man to do with Canada ? Nothing at all. Nobody who "calls himself a gentleman"—here I quote our Theatricals,5 which have come to be like a dream—has anything in common with such outlandish parts.

Anything in the way of Game, is always acceptable. So shall anything in the shape of Granville, be, whenever it presents itself in these Latitudes.

Mrs. Dickens sends her best regards. Little Miss Fisher, of Muffin Memory, is in town, and coming to stay here. We had a letter from Mulgrave, commending her to our protecting care.6

  •                                      Always Believe me | Faithfully Yours
  • Captain Granville                                     Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
3 On the George Washington returning from America.
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4 Granville, who came from a Warwickshire family, married Isabel Sheldon, of Brailes House, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, in June 54.
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5 His own part, Snobbington, in A Good Night's Rest: "Pray, Sir, do you call this behaving like a gentleman? I say, Sir, do you call this behaving like a gentleman?"
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