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DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870). Novelist.
Early Autograph Letter Signed to George Cattermole (1800-1868, watercolour painter), 1 page 8vo on black-edged paper 48 Doughty Street, 'Tuesday Morning', no date [?1837]. Apparently Dickens's earliest letter to his close friend, and seemingly unpublished (extensive stains from mounting especially on the reverse).
Dickens lived in Doughty Street, from April 1837 to December 1839. The content and style of this letter puts it before February 1838, which is the date of Dickens's earliest known letter to Cattermole, with whom he kept up a regular correspondence. The year is almost certainly 1837 since Dickens used mourning paper until 31 December that year following the death of his sister-in-law, Mary Hogarth, on 7 May. The first published letter to Cattermole (see Letters of Charles Dickens, Pilgrim edition, volume 1), complains that his friend always invites him to dinner on days when he cannot come. Perhaps the reference is to the invitation alluded to in this letter:
'... How sorry I am, that I did not get your note earlier! I very much regret being prevented from joining you to-day but I hope I shall see you on many future occasions both here and there'

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