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 E. LLOYD, [23 OCTOBER 1837]*

MS University of Texas. Date: endorsed "Charles Dickens (Boz) | 48 Doughty Street | 23 Oct 1837 | Recd. do. | Ansr. needless | Cannot take the Chair at Elocution Class on 28th. in consequence of going out of Town on finishing the Pickwick Papers."

48 Doughty Street | Monday Morning

Sir.

I have waited the arrival of the Post this morning, and regret to say that a long-planned visit which the conclusion of the Pickwick Papers enables me to pay, will unfortunately prevent my taking the chair at the Institution5 pg 321on the 28th.1 I have endeavoured to postpone leaving town for only one day, but I find it would occasion so much inconvenience and disappointment that I am obliged to adhere to my original arrangements.

  • I am Sir
  •        Very Faithfully Yours
  •               Charles Dickens

E. Lloyd Esqre.

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Editor’s Note
5 Presumably the City of London Literary and Scientific Institution, which had made a similar request in July (To J. R. Lloyd, 22 July 37).
Editor’s Note
1 He actually left for a week in Brighton on the 31st.
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