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Charles Dickens

Kathleen Mary Tillotson (ed.), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 4: 1844–1846

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To T. J. SERLE, 29 JANUARY 1844

MS Mr Peter Brandt.

  • Devonshire Terrace
  • Monday Morning January Twenty Nine | 1844.

My Dear Serle.

Have you done with my Maurice Morgann on Falstaff?6 I want to lend it to Charles Kemble.7

Is it not one Elton we wish to advertize for? I will do it. at once, and head the advertizement PREMIUM8—which, in the critical language of the day, looks rather "soul-stirring", I think?

  •                                                        Faithfully Always
  • T.J. Serle Esquire                                                  CD.

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Editor’s Note
6 Essay on the Dramatic Character of Sir John Falstaff; CD's copy was not in the Gad's Hill library at his death.
Editor’s Note
7 Charles Kemble (1775–1854; DNB), actor; brother of Mrs Siddons; manager of Covent Garden 1822–32; officially retired 1836 and made his last appearance on the stage 1840; Examiner of plays 1836–40. He began a very successful series of Shakespeare readings in May 44. Forster mentions "dear old Charles Kemble and one or other of his daughters"—Fanny Kemble and Adelaide Sartoris—as occasional visitors to Devonshire Terrace (F, vi, vi, 529).
Editor’s Note
8 Written large, in ornate capitals. The advertisement was evidently of an unidentified Elton girl who was to be apprenticed; it has not been traced.
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