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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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Devonshire Terrace | Twenty Sixth October 1842.

My Dear Dr. Smith

Many thanks for your kind communication.1 I will bear all your hints in mind, and attend to them as promptly and faithfully, as though I were (which Heaven forbid!) in a high fever.

  •                                              Believe me | Always Your friend
  • Dr. Southwood Smith.                                   Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
1 Southwood Smith had replied to CD's first letter on 25 Oct, recommending the coast about Land's End as "incomparably more dreary" than St Michael's Mount. "But the place above all for dreariness is Tintagel (King Arthur's) Castle, near Camelford. There shall you see nothing but bleak-looking rocks and an everlastingly boisterous sea, both in much the same state as when good King Arthur reigned." He enclosed an introduction to Dr Barham of Truro who was "thoroughly acquainted with every nook in Cornwall and known to every mine. … But pray do not forget that a Cornish mine is quite different from a coal-mine: while much less disagreeable to the senses, far more fatal in its effects upon the men and boys (they have no women)" (quoted in Mrs C. L. Lewes, Dr Southwood Smith, 1898, pp. 88–9). They did not use the introduction: see To Southwood Smith, 8 Nov.
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