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 H. W. KOLLE, 5 JANUARY 1833

MS Comtesse de Suzannet. Address: H. W. Kolle Esqre. | Addle Street | Aldermanbury.

Saturday | January 5th. 1833

Dear Kolle

Will you excuse my postponing the pleasure of seeing yourself and Brother until Sunday Week?—My reason is this:— as we are having coals in at the new place, cleaning &c we cannot very well remove until Tuesday or Wednesday next. The Piano will most likely go to Bentinck St.1 to day & as I have already said we cannot accompany it—So that the Piano will be in one place and we in another. In addition to this, we shall be all in a bustle, and I fear should impress your Brother with a very uncomfortable idea of our domestic arrangements. Will you therefore let me hope to see you on Sunday Week when perhaps we shall be enabled to get a friend of yours2 to meet you?

I was not certain last night that we should postpone our removal. Had I been so, I would have spared you the infliction of deciphering this elegant Epistle.

  • Believe me
  •        My dear Kolle
  •              Yours most truly
  •                       Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
1 18 Bentinck Street (north of Oxford Street, near Cavendish Square), to which the Dickens family moved the following week. Their landlord was Robert Burr, upholsterer and cabinetmaker, who had the premises below. Mr. Jarndyce stayed with Esther Summerson and his two wards "at a cheerful lodging near Oxford Street, over an upholsterer's shop" (Bleak House, Ch. 13).
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2 Presumably Anne Beadnell.
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