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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MS Dickens House. Date: Beard had apparently not yet accepted Mrs Dickens's invitation of 14 Apr.4 Tone suggests CD was sending the additional inducement eight days, rather than one day, later. Address: Thomas Beard Esqre. | Portman Place | Edgeware5 Road.

18 Bentinck St. | Monday Morning

Dear Beard.

Will the inclosed Bill6 induce you to forego the determination you appear to have formed never to accept Invitations to our little parties?

  •                                                 Yours Truly
  • Thomas Beard Esqre.                                  Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
4 "Mrs. Dickens requests the pleasure of Mr. Beard's company to witness a private representation on Saty. Evng. the 27th. at 7 o'clock precisely. | 18 Bentinck Street | 14th. April" (MS Dickens House).
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5 The current spelling of "Edgware".
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6 Presumably the playbill for the theatricals. It began "Private Theatricals. | Stage Manager. Mr. Charles Dickens. | On Saturday Evening, April 27, 1833, | At Seven o'clock precisely": see facsimile in S. J. Adair Fitz-Gerald, CD and the Drama, 1910, facing p. 10.
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