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Charles Dickens

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 Mr Leslie Staples. Address: Mr. William Lucy | 25 College Green | Bristol.

Devonshire Terrace | Thirteenth June 1843

Mr. Charles Dickens sends his compliments to Mr. William Lucy, and begs to inform him, in reply to his letter, that Bailey Junior was liberally rewarded pg 512by the Miss Pecksniffs, and broke the bandboxes and damaged the luggage, in the greatness of his energy.1

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Editor’s Note
4 The only William Lucy in the 1844 Directory is the Rev. William Lucy, of 10 Montague Parade, Bristol. A letter from Catherine to "W.L.", dated "Wednesday", shows that an earlier letter had been signed with initials only; she tells him that CD never answers an anonymous letter and that if W.L. "should wish to address Mr. Dickens in her own name, he will have pleasure in replying to her" (MS Mr Leslie C. Staples).
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1 In Ch. 11, in the May No., the Miss Pecksniffs on leaving Todgers's present Bailey, on his solicitation, with a "liberal" gratuity: the reader had evidently inquired whether he damaged the luggage because he thought it inadequate.
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