To Louis Prevost, 06 December 1839

Period: 
1837-1840

To M. LOUIS PRÉVOST,1 [?EARLY DECEMBER 1839]

 Text from facsimile in unidentified on line catalogue. Address: M. Prevost. Date: just before the move to Devonshire Terrace; CD’s first letter from there is dated 12 Dec (a Thursday), so possibly the Friday before (6 Dec).

Doughty Street

Friday – late at night.

My Dear Sir

I regret that I did not know in sufficient time to-day to write to you, that I could not have my usual pleasant hour with you in the morning. I find, however, that some matters of business connected with our removal from hence, call me from home so early, and will occupy me so long, that I have no alternative but to postpone our reading.2 We have now two or three readings to make up, and I hope we shall soon be able to redeem them. My brother3 shall call on you before Wednesday with our new address. Meantime believe me 

M. Prevost4

Very truly Yours  

 CHARLES DICKENS

  • 1. Louis Augustin Prévost (1790-1858; Dictionary of National Biography), linguist, of 25 New Street, Dorset Square: see Pilgrim Letters 2, p. 461n.
  • 2. i.e. class or study session (as in “reading” a subject at University).
  • 3. Frederic Dickens (1820-68): see Pilgrim Letters 1, p. 47n.
  • 4. i.e. Monsieur Prévost.