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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pg 213To J. P. HARLEY, [15 DECEMBER 1836]

MS John Rylands Library. Date: The Village Coquettes was advertised by Bentley on 15 Dec as ready "this day", but in fact not published until the 22nd (Bentley's List); The Strange Gentleman, though not advertised in the press, was performed on the 15th (playbill, Victoria & Albert Museum)—the only Thursday performance after the opening of The Village Coquettes.

Furnivals Inn | Thursday Evening

My Dear Sir.

I am so engaged with my respectable friend Pickwick (on whom I have only just commenced) that I cannot get out this week, even to the Theatre. I hope by Monday or Tuesday night, however, to be free, and at liberty.

As I cannot see you 'till then, may I beg you by letter to let them put in the bills of the Village Coquettes, "the drama is published by Mr. Bentley, New Burlington Street".1—It will be really out, tomorrow night, or next morning;—the moment it is;2 of course I shall have the pleasure of forwarding you a copy.

I am pleased to see that you are doing the Strange Gentleman to-night. He will soon be out, also.3

  •                                        Believe me (in haste)
  •                                                   Faithfully Yours
  • J. P. Harley Esqre.                                    Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
1 Not discovered in any playbill.
Editor’s Note
2 Punctuated thus in MS.
Editor’s Note
3 Published by Chapman & Hall late Dec 36 or early 1837: 1837 on title-page, but day of publication not discovered.
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