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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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MS4 Princeton University Library.

Carlton House | Feby. 13th.

Dear Sir—

Your kind and welcome letter awaited me here yesterday. It did not reach Boston until after I had left.

I scarcely know how to thank you for the earnest manner in which you have conveyed to me the distinguished compliment of the directors of the Mercantile Library Association.5 I can only beg you to assure those gentlemen that I highly appreciate and esteem the honor they have done me, and that I shall not fail to take an early opportunity of visiting their Institution.

To you, personally, I can say no more than that you have given me unfeigned pleasure and satisfaction—that I thank you for it with all my heart—and that

  •                                              I am | Dear Sir |Your friend
  • Cuthbert C. Gordon Esq.                              Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
3 Cuthbert C. Gordon, Corresponding Secretary of the Mercantile Library Association, New York, since Jan 42; a member of the Board of Directors 1843.
Editor’s Note
4 Only the ending and signature are in CD's hand; the rest in Putnam's.
Editor’s Note
5 Founded 1820, its members, over 5000 in 1840, were New York merchants' clerks. It had a library of c. 22,000 books, and a reading-room, at Clinton Hall; and organized lectures and classes. Honorary members included Felton and Colden.
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