Charles Dickens

Madeline House and Graham Storey (eds), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 1: 1820–1839

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To J. P. HULLAH, [12 JANUARY 1836]

MS Comtesse de Suzannet. Date: By Jan 21st CD had finished Act i of The Village Coquettes (see To Catherine, that day); the only Chronicle notice this month was of a play at the Olympic on Tues 12th. Address: J. P. Hullah Esqre. | Princes Street.

Furnivals Inn \ Tuesday Evening

My Dear Sir

I was obliged to notice a new piece, at the Olympic last night2 and have been engaged the greater part of the day. I have however, got on—the first scene (a long one) is nearly completed, and as far as I have gone it is copied, but I had rather not send it 'till it is finished.

This will be by one oClock tomorrow, and as I am prevented from seeing you to-night will you call upon me at that time?

  • Believe me (in haste)
  •      Ever Yours Sincerely
  •           Charles Dickens3

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Editor’s Note
2 T. Haynes Bayly's comedy, One Hour; or, a Carnival Ball.
Editor’s Note
3 On the back is written, in CD's hand, the Round and Chorus from The Village Coquettes, i, i; prefaced by "[The] following is the opening affair"; followed by "(The last few lines are repeated in another part of the scene)". The published version differs only in capitals and punctuation.
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