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 222To J. P. HULLAH, [?12 JANUARY 1837]

MS Comtesse de Suzannet. Date: after 22 Dec 36, publication-day of The Village Coquettes. Clearly this and next To Hullah refer to the two Jan revivals (Thurs 12th & Sat 14th), not to those in Feb, when CD was at Chalk.

Furnivals Inn | Thursday Evening

My Dear Hullah.

Herewith I inclose you, a copy of the Opera, and another of the new series of Boz, of which I beg your acceptance.

And now, I must take an opportunity of saying, that I think Cramers' people ought to make some arrangement for liquidating our demands upon them, and to abide by the terms they offered themselves. For myself I have no hesitation in saying that I have suffered the most severe and unlooked-for inconvenience from their negligence and delay. Depending upon them, with the same certainty with which I am accustomed to depend on booksellers and other people with whom I am engaged in business, I have accepted payment in bills where I should otherwise have required ready money, and have put money to uses to which I should never have put it at all, had it not been for a reasonable calculation of the Profits of the Opera; and this at a time when of all others, my expences are the most heavy, and my engagements the most pressing. As yet, it has proved in every way, nothing but a source of loss, and annoyance to me.

I know perfectly well, that this is no fault of yours, and I can imagine equally well, that you have sustained inconvenience from the same cause. I merely mention my feelings upon the subject, because I consider any negociation or representation with Cramer's can only come from you; I do not feel myself authorised to interfere at all with them, and having said my say, I shall have no more to add, if they never take any more notice of us, which from present appearances, I think very probable.

I shall be with you about six o'clock on Saturday Evening. Perhaps one of us—you can, if you are at the Theatre in the morning—may ascertain in the mean time, at what hour the Rehearsal begins.

  •                                             Believe me
  •                                                   Faithfully Yours
  • J. P. Hullah Esqre.                                    Charles Dickens

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