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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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To W. C. MACREADY, 26 JULY 1843*

MS Morgan Library.

Devonshire Terrace | Twenty Sixth July 1843.

My Dear Macready.

I consented last night to be Chairman of a Committee for doing the best that can be done for the unfortunate family of that poor man, Elton. A couple of hours put the business into good shape; and I have written this morning to everybody I can think of.

Lumley1 replies that he cannot allow the Singers to assist—but sends five guineas as his Subscription. Now, what do you think? I ask you for the guidance of my own opinion. Without the singers, wod. you run the hazard of opening Drury Lane if it is to be got for nothing—or would you accept an offer which has been made by Webster, of the Haymarket and the Lighting?2

  •                                              Faithfully Always
  • W. C. Macready Esquire                                   CD

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Editor’s Note
1 Benjamin Lumley (1811–75; DNB), director of the Italian Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre since 1842.
Editor’s Note
2 The offer of the theatre had been made at the meeting, and a resolution of thanks to Webster was passed. See To Cruikshank, 31 July fn.
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