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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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Devonshire Terrace. | Thirtieth December 1843.

My Dear Frederick.

You will find a bed in my dressing room on the Ground floor. The door will be on the latch; the gate open; and a light in the hall. I enclose you the latch key.

pg 617In consequence of your putting off your request about money to so late a moment, and my not returning home until after the time you mentioned, I have not known what to do about it. And I fear to send it you with this: feeling that so strange a letter is not unlikely to be opened at any rate. For a post office order there is no time. Therefore, as you say nothing on the subject, I think it best not to send it. Of course you can have it, when you arrive.

Kate and Georgy send their loves to all. Kate is but poorly, and keeps at home. There was some talk of a Maltonian1 hamper. If it has been sent, some fiend in human shape has got it, for we haven't.

The Carol is a prodigious success.

  • In haste, always affecy.
  •                                   CD.

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Editor’s Note
1 From the Smithsons at Malton, Yorks.
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