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 P. W. BANKS, [EARLY DECEMBER 1836]

Composite text from Sotheby's catalogue, 26 June 50, and Maggs catalogue 798; MS 1½ pp.; from Furnival's Inn. Date: no doubt two or three days before the first night of The Village Coquettes.

I hear from Ainsworth, that he has asked you to write a notice of Crichton in No. 1 of the Miscellany …1

I enclose you a book of the songs in my new opera, and an admission for two, for Tuesday Evening, when it will be represented for the first time. If I see you there, we can settle when we are to have this same chat you speak of …

I hope you receive Pickwick regularly.2

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Editor’s Note
1 No review of Ainsworth's Crichton (recently published by Macrone) appeared in the Jan Miscellany. But a very favourable notice, "The Admirable Crichton", appeared anonymously in the April No. (1, 416), after the book had been republished, in Feb, by Bentley (see To Bentley, 28 Jan 37, fn). The author's name is missing from the office accounts (Bentley Papers: MSS BM), through a tear in the page; but the words "another paper" in To Bentley, 5 Dec, and the apparent absence of any paper by Banks in the Miscellany unless he wrote the Crichton review, support his authorship.
Editor’s Note
2 Probably for review in either Fraser's or the Carlton Chronicle.
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