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 Victoria & Albert Museum (FC). Date: the day before the dinner of 8 Apr (see To Beard, 30 Mar).

48 Doughty Street | Friday Morning

My Dear Sir.

I am very sorry to hear that you have considered it necessary to bestow a second thought on our mistake of Saturday last. We only called upon you a second time, in the hope of getting you to dine with us, and were much disappointed not to find you.

I have delayed writing a reply to your note, meaning to call upon you. I have been so much engaged however, in the pleasant occupation of "moving" that I have not had time, and I am obliged at last to write and say that I have been long engaged to the Pickwick publisher's2 to a dinner in honor of that hero, which comes off tomorrow. I am consequently unable to accept your kind Invite which I frankly own I should have liked much better.

  •                                         Believe me My Dear Sir
  •                                              Ever Faithfully Yours
  • John Forster Esqre.                              Charles Dickens

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2 Thus in MS.
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