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    Charles Dickens Autograph Letter Signed with Signed Transmittal Cover. Three pages of a bifolium, 4.5" x 7.25", Doughty Street; circa 1838. A letter addressed to "Mrs. Macready", regretfully declining a dinner invitation because he was working on Oliver Twist. He writes, "I very much regret that most pressing, more solitary, and less agreeable engagements prevent my having the pleasure of dining with you tomorrow. I should apologize for not answering your kind note before, but Kate was taken so very unwell yesterday morning that she was compelled to go to bed - and hence the delay. She is better to-day and sends her best regards..." He adds in a postscript, "I have had the resolution to shut myself up so strictly with Oliver Twist, as not to enter the doors of Covent Garden Theatre since the opening night, despite Hamlet and Othello. What do you think of that?" The letter is accompanied by the original transmittal envelope addressed in his hand and signed by Dickens.

    Oliver Twist
    was originally issued in installments in Bentley's Miscellany from February 1837 through April 1839. Mrs. Macready's dinner invitation would have arrived at a time when Dickens was furiously meeting deadlines for his publisher.

    Condition: Usual mail folds, small spot of soiling at top of first page. Staining from a paperclip on verso, inner pages, and envelope, does not affect the text.

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