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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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MS Morgan Library.

Devonshire Terrace | Monday Sixteenth Jany. 11843.

Dear Miss Coutts

I am very sorry to say that we, only yesterday, made an engagement for Wednesday. I was not much disposed to contemplate it with satisfaction then; but now I hate it.

Mr. Penn1 made an engagement to call on me on Wednesday Morning, "to talk about America". I find I shall not have finished my Number by that time, and must put him off. As I don't know his address, if Miss Meredith would kindly convey this piece of information to him on my behalf, per post—adding that I shall be glad to see him any day next week he may appoint—she would bind me to her for ever.

Your note finds me in Mr. Pinch's society. He seems comfortable and in good spirits: having a holiday.2

  •                     Always believe me | Dear Miss Coutts | Faithfully Yours
  • Miss Coutts                                             Charles Dickens

P.S. Mrs. Dickens begs me to present her compliments, and to express her regrets.

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Editor’s Note
1 Probably Richard Penn (1784–1863; DNB), a civil servant in the Colonial Office, and author of Maxims and Hints for an Angler (1833, reprinted 1839), illustrated by Seymour, and of other works; a cousin of Granville Penn, of Stoke Park, and descended from William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania; known to Crabb Robinson (MS Diary, Dr Williams's Library).
Editor’s Note
2 In Ch. 5, Tom Pinch goes to Salisbury to meet Martin.
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